verb (used with object), de·prived, de·priv·ing.

  1. to remove or withhold something from the enjoyment or possession of (a person or persons): to deprive a man of life; to deprive a baby of candy.
  2. to remove from ecclesiastical office.

verb (tr)

  1. (foll by of) to prevent from possessing or enjoying; dispossess (of)
  2. archaic to remove from rank or office; depose; demote

mid-14c., from Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin deprivare, from Latin de- “entirely” (see de-) + privare “release from” (see private). Replaced Old English bedælan. Related: Deprived; depriving.


  1. To take something from someone or something.
  2. To keep from possessing or enjoying something.

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