from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To seize and carry off forcibly.
- transitive v. To deprive (one) of something; bereave.
- intransitive v. To rob, plunder, or pillage.
- transitive v. Archaic To break or tear apart.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To plunder, pillage, rob, pirate, or remove.
- v. To split, tear, break apart.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To take away by violence or by stealth; to snatch away; to rob; to despoil; to bereave. [Archaic].
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take away by force or stealth; carry off as booty; take violently; purloin, especially in a foray: with a thing as object.
- To take away; remove; abstract; draw off.
- To rob; plunder; dispossess; bereave: with a person as object.
- To tear up, as the rafters or roof of a house.
- To ravel; pull to pieces, as a textile fabric.
- To practise plundering or pillaging; carry off stolen property.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. steal goods; take as spoils
Middle English reven, to plunder, from Old English rēafian; see reup- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English reven, possibly alteration (influenced by reven, to plunder) of Old Norse rīfa, to rive.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English reven, from Old English rēafian, from Proto-Germanic *raubōnan (compare West Frisian rave, German rauben, Danish røve), from *raubō (compare Old English rēaf 'spoils, booty'), from *reufanan 'to tear' (compare Old English past participle rofen 'torn, broken', Norwegian rjuva), from Proto-Indo-European *Hréup-e/o- (compare Latin rumpere ("to break"), Lithuanian rùpti 'to roughen', Sanskrit ropayati 'to make suffer'). See rob. (Wiktionary)
Alteration of rive by confusion with the above. (Wiktionary)