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Reave definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

REAVE, v.t. To take away by stealth or violence; to bereave. Obs. [See Bereave.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: steal goods; take as spoils; "During the earthquake people looted the stores that were deserted by their owners" [syn: plunder, despoil, loot, reave, strip, rifle, ransack, pillage, foray]

Merriam Webster's

verb (reaved or reft; reaving) Etymology: Middle English reven, from Old English r?afian; akin to Old High German roub?n 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

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. (past and past part. reft) archaic 1 tr. a (foll. by of) forcibly deprive of. b (foll. by away, from) take by force or carry off. 2 intr. make raids; plunder; = REIVE. Etymology: OE reafian f. Gmc: cf. ROB

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Reave Reave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reaved, Reft, or Raft(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]ubon to despoil, L. rumpere to break; cf. Skr. lup to break. [root]114. Cf. Bereave, Rob, v. t., Robe, Rove, v. t., Rupture.] To take away by violence or by stealth; to snatch away; to rob; to despoil; to bereave. [Archaic]. ``To reave his life.'' --Spenser. He golden apples raft of the dragon. --Chaucer. By privy stratagem my life at home. --Chapman.



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