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reave


verb (used with object), reaved or reft, reav·ing. Archaic.

  1. to take away by or as by force; plunder; rob.

verb (used with or without object), reaved or reft, reav·ing.

  1. Archaic. to rend; break; tear.

verb reaves, reaving, reaved or reft (rɛft) archaic

  1. to carry off (property, prisoners, etc) by force
  2. (tr foll by of) to deprive; stripSee also reive

verb reaves, reaving, reaved or reft (rɛft)

  1. archaic to break or tear (something) apart; cleave
v.

Old English reafian “to rob (something from someone), plunder, pillage,” from Proto-Germanic *raubjon (cf. Old Frisian ravia, Middle Dutch roven, Dutch rooven, Old High German roubon, German rauben), from PIE *reup- “to snatch” (see rip (v.)). Related: Reaved; reaving.

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