from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To take something away from: The court ruling deprived us of any share in the inheritance.
- transitive v. To keep from possessing or enjoying; deny: They were deprived of a normal childhood by the war.
- transitive v. To remove from office.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To take something away (and keep it away); deny someone of something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To take away; to put an end; to destroy.
- transitive v. To dispossess; to bereave; to divest; to hinder from possessing; to debar; to shut out from; -- with a remoter object, usually preceded by of.
- transitive v. To divest of office; to depose; to dispossess of dignity, especially ecclesiastical.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take away; end; injure or destroy.
- To divest; strip; bereave: as, to deprive one of pain, of sight, of property, of children, etc.
- To divest of office; degrade. See deprivation, 3.
- To hinder from possessing or enjoying; debar; withhold.
- Synonyms To dispossess, strip, rob, despoil.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take away possessions from someone
- v. keep from having, keeping, or obtaining
- v. take away
Middle English depriven, from Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin dēprīvāre : Latin dē-, de- + Latin prīvāre, to rob (from prīvus, alone, without; see per1 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin deprivare, from de- + privare (Wiktionary)