Meaning of “deprive” in the English Dictionary

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"deprive" in British English

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depriveverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈpraɪv/ us /dɪˈpraɪv/

B2 to take something, especially something necessary or pleasant, away from someone:

He claimed that he had been deprived of his freedom/rights.
You can't function properly when you're deprived of sleep.

More examples

  • Some parents deprive themselves of many pleasures so that their children can have the best of everything.
  • He complained that his captors had deprived him of his basic human rights.
  • If you deprive a child of affection, they can become very withdrawn.
  • He pulled me from the table and hurried me into the car, depriving me of my lunch!
  • I've been deprived of your company for too long - come and see me soon.

(Definition of “deprive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)