Reave Reave (r[=e]v), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reaved} (r[=e]vd), {Reft} (r[e^]ft), or {Raft} (r[.a]ft) (obs.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reaving}.] [AS. re['a]fian, from re['a]f spoil, plunder, clothing, re['o]fan to break (cf. bire['o]fan to deprive of); akin to G. rauben to rob, Icel. raufa to rob, rj[=u]fa to break, violate, Goth. bir['a]ub[=o]n to despoil, L. rumpere to break; cf. Skr. lup to break. [root]114. Cf. {Bereave}, {Rob}, v. t., {Robe}, {Rove}, v. i., {Rupture}.] To take away by violence or by stealth; to snatch away; to rob; to despoil; to bereave. [Archaic]. ``To reave his life.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

He golden apples raft of the dragon. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

If the wooers reave By privy stratagem my life at home. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

To reave the orphan of his patrimony. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The heathen caught and reft him of his tongue. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • reave — verb (reaved or reft; reaving) Etymology: Middle English reven, from Old English rēafian; akin to Old High German roubōn to rob, Latin rumpere to break Date: before 12th century intransitive verb plunder, rob transitive verb 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • reave — reave1 /reev/, v.t., reaved or reft, reaving. Archaic. to take away by or as by force; plunder; rob. [bef. 900; ME reven, OE reafian; c. G rauben, D roven to ROB] reave2 /reev/, v.t., v.i., reaved or reft, reaving …   Universalium

  • reave — verb /riːv/ a) To plunder, pillage, rob. , 1985, Few of the chroniclers of Nero’s reign have been accurate when relating the situation that obtained between the Emperor and his mother from the time when, reft of her German and Pannonian guards,… …   Wiktionary

  • reave — v. a. == carry away, despoil of. HD. 2590; pret. ‘rafte.’ Wright’s L. P. p. 31. ‘rewede.’ RG. 171, AS. reafian …   Oldest English Words

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  • reave — [ri:v] verb (past and past participle reft rɛft) archaic carry out raids; plunder. ↘rob (someone) of something by force. ↘steal (something). Derivatives reaver noun Origin OE rēafian, of Gmc origin, related to rob …   English new terms dictionary

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