deprive or strip of money

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Source: vocabulary for the high school student

Look at this picture please.
I have underlined a part with a red pen. I know the meanings of [deprive] and [strip] but I have some questions:

1. As far as I know the word [deprive] is not a noun. Then is it used as a verb in the red underlined part? If it's used as a verb, then it needs the preposition [of] because it's a phrasal verb. Why hasn't it been used with [of] here?

2. [deprive or strip of money] isn't written in a good grammar structure because [deprive] and [strip] should be used as a verb not a noun in this context. They look to be used as a noun. [deprive or strip of money] doesn't make sense to me although I know their meanings.

3. I have checked the definition of [strip] in the dictionaries. [to strip sth of sth] exists in the dictionaries and makes sense but [strip of money] doesn't make sense to me because I don't even know whether [strip] has been used as a noun or as a verb here.

I would be grateful if you do me a favor by clarifying the red underlined part to me.

Thank you.
  • pob14

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    American English
    It's a verb. The alternatives given are "deprive of money or belongings" (deny money to) and "strip of money or belongings" (remove money from).

    It's essentially a dictionary; it's trying to give you a definition in as small a space as possible, so all the unnecessary words are removed. It's not supposed to be "a good grammar structure."


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    Does really [deprive of something] exist as a verb?
    [of] makes it odd to be used as a verb.

    In which dictionary have you ever seen [to deprive of something]?

    Thank you.
    de•prive/dɪˈpraɪv/v. [ ~ + obj + of + obj],-prived, -priv•ing.

    1. to keep (someone) from having or enjoying something; keep or prevent (someone) from having or using:to deprive a child of affection.

      This is from our WR reference dictionary, and as VikNixSor just posted, it is in all dictionaries.


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    Deprive is the verb. To be deprived of something is quite common. "I don't think well when I'm deprived of sleep."

    There are other verbs that are followed by "of":

    dream of
    talk of
    accuse of

    I'm not sure why this particular one is troubling you. Can you explain why you think it is so odd?


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    You didn't understand my question.

    I say:

    To deprive somebody of something = This is acceptable to me because this exists in the dictionaries
    To deprive of something doesn't exist. => In the above expression we have [somebody] but in the second one we don't have any [him, her, them, somebody, etc] That's why I say this is an odd structure without [him, her, them, somebody, etc.]

    Do you understand what I mean now?


    What you quoted in #1 is not a normal sentence, but a dictionary definition. "Someone" is implied, but not stated: "deprive or stripe (someone) of".
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