Definition of reave in English:


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Pronunciation: /riːv

verb (past and past participle reft /rɛft/)

[no object] archaic
  • 1Carry out raids in order to plunder: the strong could reave and steal
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    • To slink thro' slaps, an' reave an' steal, At stacks o' pease, or stocks o' kail!
    • As their gods were, so their laws were; Thor the strong could reave and steal.
  • 1.1 [with object] Rob (a person or place) of something by force: reft of a crown, he yet may share the feast
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    • In silencing my power, I am reft of half my being!
  • 1.2 [with object] Steal (something).
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    • Were you planning to escort me to my chambers, or have all your chivalrous faculties been reft from you?
    • Helen, symbolizing perfect beauty as produced by Greek art, is recalled from Hades and ardently pursued by Faust, but finally reft from him.
    • ‘What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee,’ said Pound.



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  • Not in our lands; these are claimed for one and one only, not reavers such as thee!
  • What shall a young reaver do but spend his coins like the snake sips water?
  • The great-handed reaver felt a hot scar tear across his cheeks and the bitter salt-welling of blood whet his lips and nostrils.


Old English rēafian, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch roven, German rauben, also to rob.

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