Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To take away; to put an end; to destroy.
  • transitive v. To dispossess; to bereave; to divest; to hinder from possessing; to debar; to shut out from; -- with a remoter object, usually preceded by of.
  • transitive v. To divest of office; to depose; to dispossess of dignity, especially ecclesiastical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take away; end; injure or destroy.
  • To divest; strip; bereave: as, to deprive one of pain, of sight, of property, of children, etc.
  • To divest of office; degrade. See deprivation, 3.
  • To hinder from possessing or enjoying; debar; withhold.
  • Synonyms To dispossess, strip, rob, despoil.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take away possessions from someone
  • v. keep from having, keeping, or obtaining
  • v. take away

Etymologies

Middle English depriven, from Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin dēprīvāre : Latin dē-, de- + Latin prīvāre, to rob (from prīvus, alone, without; see per1 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin deprivare, from de- + privare (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I. iv.73 (183,1) deprive your sovereignty] I believe _deprive_ in this place signifies simply to _take away_.

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

  • 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 Old Manor House

  • 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."

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XX No 1

  • Thats why I told Joe I would no longer spend time with him if it meant he had to "deprive" himself of, or seek permission from Erin.

    waterdiluted Diary Entry

  • Certain special hygienic conditions, -- such as deprive the patient of those surroundings which are essential to the preservaion of his system in its normal status.

    An Epitome of Practical Surgery, for Field and Hospital.

  • Nawar says ElBaradei called for the boycott to "deprive" President Hosni Mubarak's regime of legitimacy.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • Nawar said ElBaradei called for the boycott to "deprive" President Hosni Mubarak's regime of legitimacy.

    SFGate: Top News Stories

  • How does Mr. Boehner saying that he will vote for middle class tax cuts "deprive" anyone of any argument?

    msnbc.com: Politics

  • I have seen commercials in the US lately with a young actress saying how wonderful vaccines are and not to "deprive" your children of them.

    Alex Jones' Prison Planet.com

  • Although you wouldn't suggest an alcoholic take an occasional drink, there's a popular notion that you shouldn't "deprive" yourself of these foods.

    BellaOnline - The Voice of Women

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  • But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me, for I would rather die than allow anyone to deprive me of this boast. 1 Corinthians 9:15

    April 8, 2011