- 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
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use up, drain, reduce, consume, lessen.
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Examples from the Web for deplete
And now, the plan is not only to decimate public-sector unions, but all unions—to deplete the money they can spend on politics.The Next Phase of the Koch Brothers’ War on Unions
Carl Deal and Tia Lessin
December 22, 2014
However, things like stress, illness, and environmental pollution all deplete your levels.5 Healthier Ways to Detox (That Aren’t Juice Cleanses)
February 20, 2014
We deplete the colony for what is in reality only a handful of men, while it means much to us.Six Letters From the Colonies
To do this habitually is to so deplete the forces of the spirit that one has nothing left.The Life Radiant
We had to deplete our ship's company again by putting a prize-crew on board.Barney Blake, The Boy Privateer
Now to deplete is to check growth by abstracting the very source of nutriment.The Horse's Mouth
Even the German invasion at the beginning of the war failed to deplete this stock.The A.E.F.
- to use up (supplies, money, energy, etc); reduce or exhaust
- to empty entirely or partially
- med to empty or reduce the fluid contents of (an organ or vessel)
C19: from Latin dēplēre to empty out, from de- + plēre to fill
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Word Origin and History for deplete
1807, back-formation from depletion. Related: Depleted; depleting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To use up something, such as a nutrient.
- To empty something out, as the body of electrolytes.
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