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deprive
American English: /dəˈpraɪv/
British English: /dɪˈprʌɪv/

transitive verb

  • 1.1 (take away) See examples:to deprive somebody/something of something
    privar a alguien/algo de algo
    1.2 (keep from having)to deprive somebody/something (of something)the tree deprives the house of light
    el árbol le quita luz a la casa
    he was deprived of food
    lo hicieron pasar hambre
    she was reluctant to deprive her children
    no quería que sus hijos pasaran privaciones
    Example sentences
    • ‘If we are deprived of car parking space the car parking will spill out onto the main road and perhaps you ought to put it somewhere else,’ he added.
    • When people are deprived of dreaming (when they are allowed to sleep but not to enter REM sleep) after a few days they are almost schizophrenic.
    • It's unfortunate we are continually deprived of our potential benefits for residents.

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