deprive

Deprive means to keep from having. If your little brother gets loud and hyper every time he eats sweets, your parents might deprive him of sugary cereal and candy.

Deprive can also mean to take away something that someone already had, or feels they deserve to have, like basic human rights. "A crowd gathered to protest the man's imprisonment for a crime he did not commit; they didn't want to allow the government to deprive him of his freedom." The word comes from the Latin, de", which means "entirely," and privare, which means "release from." Put together, they mean to "entirely release from." In this case, the imprisoned man's freedom is being "entirely released," or taken away, and he'll no longer have it.

Definitions of deprive
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v take away

Synonyms:
impoverish
Antonyms:
enrich
make better or improve in quality
Types:
disestablish
deprive (an established church) of its status
Type of:
decline, worsen
grow worse

v take away possessions from someone

Synonyms:
divest, strip
Types:
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disarm, unarm
take away the weapons from; render harmless
expropriate
deprive of possessions
clean
deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.
dispossess
deprive of the possession of real estate
clean out
deprive completely of money or goods
unclothe
strip
orphan
deprive of parents
bereave
deprive through death
demilitarise, demilitarize
do away with the military organization and potential of
Type of:
take
take into one's possession

v keep from having, keeping, or obtaining

Types:
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ablactate, wean
gradually deprive (infants and young mammals) of mother's milk
famish, starve
deprive of food
starve
deprive of a necessity and cause suffering
tongue-tie
deprive of speech
dock
deprive someone of benefits, as a penalty
bilk
evade payment to
disinherit, disown
prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting
impoverish
make poor
disenfranchise, disfranchise
deprive of voting rights
reduce
lessen and make more modest
beggar, pauperise, pauperize
reduce to beggary
bankrupt, break, ruin, smash
reduce to bankruptcy
Type of:
keep back, withhold
hold back; refuse to hand over or share

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