Definition of deprive in English:



[with object]
  • 1Prevent (a person or place) from having or using something.

    ‘the city was deprived of its water supplies’
    • ‘On the one hand, she had a happy, rather rumbustious family background; on the other, she was deprived of much maternal affection and of education.’
    • ‘I searched the slave registers looking for my kin, but soon realised that every man, woman or child was deprived of any family identity or individual surname.’
    • ‘Today, though those bans have been lifted, we are still deprived of many of our ancestral teachings.’
    • ‘She was deprived of all her dignity, hopes and dreams.’
    • ‘If children are deprived of these experiences they will not learn to handle the risks that they are certain to meet as they make their way through life.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the common people are often deprived of their freedom of speech.’
    • ‘You are deprived of love and affection from your family.’
    • ‘The patient is deprived of amenities which may have been part of his life outside, or were, at least, available.’
    • ‘It should be noted that about 70 per cent students were deprived of stipends last year.’
    • ‘It's unfortunate we are continually deprived of our potential benefits for residents.’
    • ‘My mother was deprived of an education while my uncles were sent to school.’
    • ‘Lower-class women were deprived of any way of voicing their aspirations and grievances.’
    • ‘What happens when you are deprived of these rights?’
    • ‘‘If we are deprived of car parking space the car parking will spill out onto the main road and perhaps you ought to put it somewhere else,’ he added.’
    • ‘I hope that it serves as a timely reminder for all of us of what a very great loss it is when people are deprived of their liberty.’
    • ‘Yes, I was deprived of sleep, especially during the first few days.’
    • ‘The reasons are manifold but the main ones are poverty and a distinct lack of commitment by governments to ensure that no child is deprived of quality education.’
    • ‘He said it meant young teams were deprived of the opportunity to train while the weather was not now appropriate to do anything with the field.’
    • ‘When people are deprived of dreaming (when they are allowed to sleep but not to enter REM sleep) after a few days they are almost schizophrenic.’
    • ‘He was deprived of sleep during repeated interrogations and freezing water was thrown over him.’
    dispossess, strip, divest, relieve, bereave
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    1. 1.1archaic Depose (someone, especially a member of the clergy) from office.
      ‘the Archbishop deprived a considerable number of puritan clergymen’
      • ‘After wobbling in the Regency crisis of 1789, he was deprived of his position in the bedchamber.’
      • ‘The old priests were deprived of their posts and privileges.’
      • ‘The 1914 Act, among other provisions, deprived the Welsh bishops of their seats in the House of Lords, and abolished private patronage.’
      • ‘His views were not popular and he was deprived of his chair in 1710.’
      • ‘As a result, he was deprived of his position as resident physician at the leprosy hospital in 1880.’
      oust, overthrow, remove, topple, unseat, depose, dethrone, eject, dispel
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Middle English (in the sense ‘depose from office’): from Old French depriver, from medieval Latin deprivare, from de- ‘away, completely’ + privare (see private).