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
  1. verb
    take away
    synonyms: impoverish
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    Antonyms:
    enrich
    make better or improve in quality
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    disestablish
    deprive (an established church) of its status
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    decline, worsen
    grow worse
  2. verb
    take away possessions from someone
    synonyms: divest, strip
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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
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    take
    take into one's possession
  3. verb
    keep from having, keeping, or obtaining
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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
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    keep back, withhold
    hold back; refuse to hand over or share
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