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. archaic a. (1) rob, despoil (2) to deprive one of b. seize 2. archaic to carry or tear away • reaver noun

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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reave — index hold up (rob), pillage, plunder Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • reave — (v.) O.E. reafian to rob something from someone, plunder, pillage, from P.Gmc. *raubjon (Cf. O.Fris. ravia, M.Du. roven, Du. rooven, O.H.G. roubon, Ger. rauben), from PIE *reup to snatch (see RAPID (Cf. rapid)). Related: Reaved; …   Etymology dictionary

  • reave — be·reave; be·reave·ment; un·reave; reave; …   English syllables

  • reave — I [[t]riv[/t]] v. t. reaved reft, reav•ing. archaic to plunder; rob • Etymology: bef. 900; ME reven, OE rēafian, c. D roven, G rauben to rob II reave [[t]riv[/t]] v. t. v. i. reaved reft, reav•ing archaic to rend; break; tear • Etymology:… …   From formal English to slang

  • 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

  • reave — v. snatch something away from someone; bereave (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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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