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
Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Duke University, 1956, p. 274; and Carter Papers: An Inventory .... ")  The word" reave "meant to rob or strip at Carter's time.
Lest for her like of garden scents he reave her,577
What can I say, h-dog: I'm just not as impressed as you are by the guy who took his pique out on the poor innocent fig tree, and told me he came bringing not peace, but the sword, to reave apart families.
And he can be very cavalier about rhythm, especially the fiery accents that make a dance out of 'Wilt thou unkind thus reave me'.
No queenly way for woman to practise, though peerless she, that the weaver-of-peace 76 from warrior dear by wrath and lying his life should reave!
This may not work, he cautioned himself I can but try to reave the power from the humans.
Our aim had only been to reave some more weapons, especially light portable ones for our men-atarms.
To force a spotless virgin's chastity, To reave the orphan of his patrimony, To wring the widow from her custom'd right, And have no other reason for this wrong.
Saint Kiaranus alone, reading beside his herds; and they thought to slay him and to reave his herds.
At another time there came robbers to him when he was feeding the herds of his parents, wishing to slay him, so that they might the more easily reave what they would.