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reave

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[ reev ]
/ riv /
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verb (used with object), reaved or reft, reav·ing.Archaic.
to take away by or as by force; plunder; rob.
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Origin of reave

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

Other definitions for reave (2 of 2)

reave2
[ reev ]
/ riv /

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

Origin of reave

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1175–1225; Middle English; apparently special use of reave1 (by association with rive)
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British Dictionary definitions for reave (1 of 2)

reave1
/ (riːv) /

verb reaves, reaving, reaved or reft (rɛft) archaic
to carry off (property, prisoners, etc) by force
(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

British Dictionary definitions for reave (2 of 2)

reave2
/ (riːv) /

verb reaves, reaving, reaved or reft (rɛft)
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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