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deplete

[dih-pleet] /dɪˈplit/
verb (used with object), depleted, depleting.
1.
to decrease seriously or exhaust the abundance or supply of:
The fire had depleted the game in the forest. Extravagant spending soon depleted his funds.
Origin of deplete
1800-1810
1800-10; < Latin dēplētus empty (past participle of dēplēre to empty out), equivalent to dē- de- + plē(re) to fill + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
depletable, adjective
depletion, noun
depletive, depletory
[dih-plee-tuh-ree] /dɪˈpli tə ri/ (Show IPA),
adjective
nondepletable, adjective
nondepletion, noun
nondepletive, adjective
nondepletory, adjective
predeplete, verb (used with object), predepleted, predepleting.
predepletion, noun
undepleted, adjective
Synonyms
use up, drain, reduce, consume, lessen.
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Examples from the Web for deplete
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  • We deplete the colony for what is in reality only a handful of men, while it means much to us.

  • To do this habitually is to so deplete the forces of the spirit that one has nothing left.

    The Life Radiant

    Lilian Whiting
  • We had to deplete our ship's company again by putting a prize-crew on board.

  • Now to deplete is to check growth by abstracting the very source of nutriment.

    The Horse's Mouth Edward Mayhew
  • Even the German invasion at the beginning of the war failed to deplete this stock.

    The A.E.F. Heywood Broun
  • After the harvest was ended the father began to deplete his farm.

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • It is only when a "giving out" is accompanied by a "looking in" that it can ever deplete.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • He does not deplete himself by drugs, rivalry, strife or anger.

British Dictionary definitions for deplete

deplete

/dɪˈpliːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to use up (supplies, money, energy, etc); reduce or exhaust
2.
to empty entirely or partially
3.
(med) to empty or reduce the fluid contents of (an organ or vessel)
Derived Forms
depletable, adjective
depletion, noun
depletive, depletory, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin dēplēre to empty out, from de- + plēre to fill
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Word Origin and History for deplete
v.

1807, back-formation from depletion. Related: Depleted; depleting.

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deplete in Medicine

deplete de·plete (dĭ-plēt')
v. de·plet·ed, de·plet·ing, de·pletes

  1. To use up something, such as a nutrient.

  2. To empty something out, as the body of electrolytes.

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