V n of n
The 'rob' and 'free' group
These verbs are concerned with taking something away from someone, either physically or metaphorically. These include verbs with a positive meaning, like cleanse, cure, and free, as well as those with a negative meaning, like dispossess and rob. The noun group indicates the person from whom something is taken.
The family of a sick Nigerian boy are appealing to the public to help them raise funds for an operation to cure him of a crippling disease.
Opposition leaders warned that the Bill might deprive citizens of fundamental rights.
The realization that you truly can't control anyone else's actions or feelings can also free you of unnecessary guilt.
They were robbed of their wristwatches and shot during the course of the robbery.
Heart attacks occur because blockage in blood vessels starve heart muscle of oxygen and nutrients.
In the case of divest, rid, and unburden, the noun group following the verb is always or often a reflexive pronoun. This pattern is V pron-refl of n.
absolve break cheat cleanse clear cure defraud denude deprive disabuse dispossess divest drain (usu passive) free plunder purge relieve rid rob starve strip unburden
Gilles finally confesses to the affair, unburdening himself of a secret which his wife has known from the very beginning.