- 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.
deprive definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English depriven ; from Ecclesiastical Medieval Latin deprivare ; from Classical Latin de-, intensive plush privare, to deprive, separate: see private
deprive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb de·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: Middle 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).
- de·privˈa·ble adjective
deprive - Medical Definition
- To take something from someone or something.
- To keep from possessing or enjoying something.