AskDefine | Define deprive

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1 take away possessions from someone; "The Nazis stripped the Jews of all their assets" [syn: strip, divest]
2 keep from having, keeping, or obtaining
3 take away [syn: impoverish] [ant: enrich]

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From deprivare, from de- + privare


  • IPA: /dəˈprɑɪv/ or /dɪˈprɑɪv/ (/dəˈprɑɪvz/, /dəˈprɑɪvɪŋ/, /dəˈprɑɪvd/ or /dɪˈprɑɪvz/, /dɪˈprɑɪvɪŋ/, /dɪˈprɑɪvd/)


  1. To take something away (and keep it away); deny someone of something.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 260a.
      If we had been deprived of it, the most serious consequence would be that we'd be deprived of philosophy.




Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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