v. reaved also reft (rĕft), reav·ing, reaves
1. To seize and carry off forcibly.
2. To deprive (one) of something; bereave.
To rob, plunder, or pillage.
[Middle English reven, to plunder, from Old English rēafian; see reup- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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