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Line breaks: de|prive
Pronunciation: /dɪˈprʌɪv

Definition of deprive in English:


[with object]
1Prevent (a person or place) from having or using something: the city was deprived of its water supplies
More 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.
rob of, cheat out of, trick out of, do out of;
deny, prevent from having, prevent from using
informal diddle out of
1.1 archaic Depose (someone, especially a member of the clergy) from office: the Archbishop deprived a considerable number of puritan clergymen
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  • The 1914 Act, among other provisions, deprived the Welsh bishops of their seats in the House of Lords, and abolished private patronage.
  • The old priests were deprived of their posts and privileges.
  • His views were not popular and he was deprived of his chair in 1710.


Middle English (in the sense 'depose from office'): from Old French depriver, from medieval Latin deprivare, from de- 'away, completely' + privare (see private).



Example sentences
  • It is difficult to regard that as other than a deprival of justice.
  • The refusal of the licence is claimed to be a deprival of possession within the meaning of Article 1.
  • However, the current cost was determined by reference to market values as well as current replacement costs, a type of deprival value system.

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