音标: [dɪˈpraɪv]

deprive sb. of sth. 剥夺某人需要或者应该有的东西

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.


Being deprived means lacking important things like food and water. For example, when warm clothing, housing, and nutrition are in short supply, the people are deprived of basics of life.

You can use the adjective deprived to describe conditions or people who don’t have what they need or don’t have enough. Some uses of deprived are for small things, like when you’re deprived of dessert because you didn’t eat your vegetables, but most of the time deprived describes a very serious lack of essential things or services.

deprived area 贫民区
deprived child 缺乏金钱,食物,被关注的孩子

What will that deprive us of?

To deprive your mother of a place to live.

l would hate to deprive him of the opportunity

Whatever their crimes, they cannot be deprived of the right to be buried as whole men.

You’re sleep-deprived.

I’m seriously caffeine deprived.