reave

1
[reev]

Origin of reave

1
before 900; Middle English reven, Old English rēafian; cognate with German rauben, Dutch roven to rob

reave

2
[reev]
verb (used with or without object), reaved or reft, reav·ing.
  1. Archaic. to rend; break; tear.

Origin of reave

2
1175–1225; Middle English; apparently special use of reave1 (by association with rive)
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reave

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verb reaves, reaving, reaved or reft (rɛft) archaic
  1. to carry off (property, prisoners, etc) by force
  2. (tr foll by of) to deprive; stripSee also reive

Word Origin for reave

Old English reāfian; related to Old High German roubōn to rob, Old Norse raufa to break open

reave

2
verb reaves, reaving, reaved or reft (rɛft)
  1. archaic to break or tear (something) apart; cleave

Word Origin for reave

C13 reven, probably from reave 1 and influenced in meaning by rive
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Word Origin and History for reave
v.

Old English reafian "to rob (something from someone), plunder, pillage," from Proto-Germanic *raubjon (cf. Old Frisian ravia, Middle Dutch roven, Dutch rooven, Old High German roubon, German rauben), from PIE *reup- "to snatch" (see rip (v.)). Related: Reaved; reaving.

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