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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deprive, strip, divestverb

    take away possessions from someone

    "The Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets"

  2. depriveverb

    keep from having, keeping, or obtaining

  3. deprive, impoverishverb

    take away


  1. depriveverb

    To take something away (and keep it away); deny someone of something.

  2. Etymology: From deprivare, from de- + privare

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DEPRIVEverb

    Etymology: from de and privo, Latin.

    God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding. Job xxxix. 17.

    He lamented the loss of an excellent servant, and the horrid manner in which he had been deprived of him. Edward Hyde.

    Now wretched Oedipus, depriv’d of sight,
    Led a long death in everlasting night. Alexander Pope, Statius.

    From his face I shall be hid, depriv’d
    His blessed count’nance. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    The ghosts rejected, are th’ unhappy crew
    Depriv’d of sepulchres, and fun’ral due. John Dryden, Æn. vi.

    Most happy he,
    Whose least delight sufficeth to deprive
    Remembrance of all pains which him opprest. Edmund Spenser.

    A minister, deprived for inconformity, said, that if they deprived him it should cost an hundred mens lives. Francis Bacon.


  1. deprive

    Deprive refers to the act of taking something away from someone or preventing someone from having or using something. It implies a denial or withholding of a necessary or desired benefit, right, possession, or condition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Depriveverb

    to take away; to put an end; to destroy

  2. Depriveverb

    to dispossess; to bereave; to divest; to hinder from possessing; to debar; to shut out from; -- with a remoter object, usually preceded by of

  3. Depriveverb

    to divest of office; to depose; to dispossess of dignity, especially ecclesiastical

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Deprive

    de-prīv′, v.t. to take away from one his own: in take from: to dispossess: to degrade (a clergyman) from office: to bereave.—n. Deprivā′tion, act of depriving: state of being deprived: degradation from office: loss: bereavement: suffering from hardship.—adj. Depriv′ative.—n. Deprive′ment. [Low L. deprivāre, to degrade—L. de, from, and privāre, to deprive—privus, one's own.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'deprive' in Verbs Frequency: #925

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deprive in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deprive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of deprive in a Sentence

  1. Paul Ryan:

    Through these investigations we have uncovered serious and unprecedented actions taken by the most senior IRS official in charge of the non-profit unit, Lois Lerner, to deprive conservative organizations of their constitutional rights, despite the DOJ closing its investigation, the Ways and Means Committee will continue to find answers and hold the IRS accountable for its actions.

  2. Unknown:

    Never deprive someone of hope -- it may be all they have.

  3. Jimmy Carter:

    Anybody that has a daughter or granddaughter knows how precious that person can be, ... And anybody who is interested in the future of (their) country or city that if they deprive half of their own citizens of an equal right to an education or an honest job, then their whole community is going to suffer.

  4. Albert Gallatin:

    The whole of the Bill of Rights is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of.

  5. Richard Ferber:

    Young children need to nap for optimal performance, you don't want to sleep deprive them to see if they can sleep deeper at night, you want them to sleep the best way.

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