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).
Example sentences
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with reave

achieve, believe, breve, cleave, conceive, deceive, eve, greave, grieve, heave, interleave, interweave, khedive, leave, misconceive, naive, Neve, peeve, perceive, receive, reive, relieve, reprieve, retrieve, sheave, sleeve, steeve, Steve, Tananarive, Tel Aviv, thieve, underachieve, upheave, weave, we've, Yves

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