Meaning of “deprived” in the English Dictionary

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"deprived" in British English

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deprivedadjective

uk /dɪˈpraɪvd/ us /dɪˈpraɪvd/

C1 not having the things that are necessary for a pleasant life, such as enough money, food, or good living conditions:

She had a deprived childhood/comes from a deprived background.
a deprived area

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  • Many mothers of young children, deprived of intellectual stimulation, become quite depressed.
  • They heard from one man about his deprived childhood in an institution.
  • The Prince's tour conveniently omitted the most deprived areas of the city.
  • These measures are intended to help people from a deprived background.
  • As children, my sister and I didn't have a TV at home, but I didn't feel particularly deprived.

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

"deprived" in American English

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deprivedadjective

us /dɪˈprɑɪvd/

lacking something that is needed to live the way most people live:

He took pictures in deprived areas of the city.

(Definition of “deprived” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)