deprive

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From Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin dēprīvō, from Latin + prīvō.

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deprive (third-person singular simple present deprives, present participle depriving, simple past and past participle deprived)

  1. To take something away (and keep it away); deny someone of something.
    • 2005, Plato, Sophist. Translation by Lesley Brown. 260a.
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum , The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Chapter 23
      "By means of the Golden Cap I shall command the Winged Monkeys to carry you to the gates of the Emerald City," said Glinda, "for it would be a shame to deprive the people of so wonderful a ruler."
      If we had been deprived of it, the most serious consequence would be that we'd be deprived of philosophy.

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