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Definition of "deprive" [de•prive]

  • To take something away from: The court ruling deprived us of any share in the inheritance. (verb-transitive)
  • To keep from possessing or enjoying; deny: They were deprived of a normal childhood by the war. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove from office. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "deprive" in a sentence
  • "I. iv.73 (183,1) deprive your sovereignty] I believe _deprive_ in this place signifies simply to _take away_."
  • "She therefore, casting a look towards Orlando, much less sweet than those she had favored him with towards the beginning of the evening, assented with a smirk to the proposal of his brother – and immediately joined the dancers; while Orlando, trembling lest some new interruption should again deprive him of the sight of Monimia, hastened to find Selina, to whom he beckoned, and whispered to her to come around another way, where he would meet her, that their going out together might not be remarked."
  • "The editors of the Promptorium thought it necessary at times to give a brief explanation of the English word to be translated; thus the Latin translation of the word deprive is preceded by the explanation "put awey a thyng or taken awey ffrom anoder.""