Definition of deprive in English:



  • 1 Prevent (a person or place) from having or using something.

    ‘the city was deprived of its water supplies’
    • ‘Furthermore, the common people are often deprived of their freedom of speech.’
    • ‘My mother was deprived of an education while my uncles were sent to school.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yes, I was deprived of sleep, especially during the first few days.’
    • ‘The patient is deprived of amenities which may have been part of his life outside, or were, at least, available.’
    • ‘What happens when you are deprived of these rights?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It should be noted that about 70 per cent students were deprived of stipends last year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You are deprived of love and affection from your family.’
    • ‘It's unfortunate we are continually deprived of our potential benefits for residents.’
    • ‘He was deprived of sleep during repeated interrogations and freezing water was thrown over him.’
    • ‘Lower-class women were deprived of any way of voicing their aspirations and grievances.’
    • ‘She was deprived of all her dignity, hopes and dreams.’
    • ‘Today, though those bans have been lifted, we are still deprived of many of our ancestral teachings.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    dispossess, strip, divest, relieve, bereave
    rob of, cheat out of, trick out of, do out of
    deny, prevent from having, prevent from using
    diddle out of
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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.’
      • ‘As a result, he was deprived of his position as resident physician at the leprosy hospital in 1880.’
      • ‘The 1914 Act, among other provisions, deprived the Welsh bishops of their seats in the House of Lords, and abolished private patronage.’
      • ‘The old priests were deprived of their posts and privileges.’
      • ‘His views were not popular and he was deprived of his chair in 1710.’
      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).