1 [reev]
verb (used with object), reaved or reft, reaving. Archaic.
to take away by or as by force; plunder; rob.

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


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

1175–1225; Middle English; apparently special use of reave1 (by association with rive) Unabridged
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reave1 (riːv)
vb (foll by of) , reaves, reaving, reaved, reft
1.  to carry off (property, prisoners, etc) by force
2.  See also reive to deprive; strip
[Old English reāfian; related to Old High German roubōn to rob, Old Norse raufa to break open]

reave2 (riːv)
vb , reaves, reaving, reaved, reft
archaic to break or tear (something) apart; cleave
[C13 reven, probably from reave1 and influenced in meaning by rive]

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