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[dih-prahyv] /dɪˈpraɪv/
verb (used with object), deprived, depriving.
1.
to remove or withhold something from the enjoyment or possession of (a person or persons):
to deprive a man of life; to deprive a baby of candy.
2.
to remove from ecclesiastical office.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English depriven < Anglo-French, Old French depriver < Medieval Latin dēprīvāre, equivalent to Latin dē- de- + prīvāre to deprive (prīv(us) private + -āre infinitive suffix)
Related forms
deprivable, adjective
deprival, noun
deprivative
[dih-priv-uh-tiv] /dɪˈprɪv ə tɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
depriver, noun
nondeprivable, adjective
predeprive, verb (used with object), predeprived, predepriving.
self-depriving, adjective
Synonyms
1. See strip1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for deprive

deprive

/dɪˈpraɪv/
verb (transitive)
1.
(foll by of) to prevent from possessing or enjoying; dispossess (of)
2.
(archaic) to remove from rank or office; depose; demote
Derived Forms
deprivable, adjective
deprival, noun
depriver, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin dēprīvāre, from Latin de- + prīvāre to deprive of, rob; see private
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Word Origin and History for deprive
v.

mid-14c., from Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin deprivare, from Latin de- "entirely" (see de-) + privare "release from" (see private). Replaced Old English bedælan. Related: Deprived; depriving.

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deprive in Medicine

deprive de·prive (dĭ-prīv')
v. de·prived, de·priv·ing, de·prives

  1. To take something from someone or something.

  2. To keep from possessing or enjoying something.

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