- Deprive is defined as to withhold or take something away from.
An example of deprive is for an animal to not provide its young with proper nutrients.
transitive verbdeprived, depriving
- to take something away from forcibly; dispossess: to deprive someone of his property
- to keep from having, using, or enjoying: to be deprived of one's rights
- to remove from office, esp. ecclesiastical office
Origin of depriveMiddle English depriven ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin deprivare ; from Classical Latin de-, intensive + privare, to deprive, separate: see private
transitive verbde·prived, de·priv·ing, de·prives
- To take something away from: The court ruling deprived us of any share in the inheritance.
- To keep from possessing or enjoying; deny: They were deprived of a normal childhood by the war.
- To remove from office.
Origin of depriveMiddle 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).
(third-person singular simple present deprives, present participle depriving, simple past and past participle deprived)