verb (used with object), de·prived, de·priv·ing.
- to remove or withhold something from the enjoyment or possession of (a person or persons): to deprive a man of life; to deprive a baby of candy.
- to remove from ecclesiastical office.
- (foll by of) to prevent from possessing or enjoying; dispossess (of)
- archaic to remove from rank or office; depose; demote
mid-14c., from Old French depriver, from Medieval Latin deprivare, from Latin de- “entirely” (see de-) + privare “release from” (see private). Replaced Old English bedælan. Related: Deprived; depriving.
- To take something from someone or something.
- To keep from possessing or enjoying something.