- 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 depletion
The depletion of the Medicare Trust Fund had nothing to do with it.David Brooks and the Mania
June 18, 2012
MDS is a relatively rare condition that can lead to a depletion of red or white blood cells, anemia, heavy bleeding.How Robin Roberts’ Breast Cancer Treatment Could Cause More Cancer
June 12, 2012
One result of the recent battle was the depletion of the color-guard.Company G
A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow
And then Smith's Pocket was found to be only a pocket, and subject like other pockets to depletion.The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Tales
A similar affection is occasionally produced by the abuse of opium, excessive mental anxiety, night watching, or depletion.
The depletion and anodynes of the physician were administered in vain.The Cavaliers of Virginia
William A. Caruthers
All tragedies are not those of violence, but of depletion, too, and of starvation.Making Both Ends Meet
Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
- 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 depletion
1807, back-formation from depletion. Related: Depleted; depleting.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act or process of depleting.
- The state of being depleted; exhaustion.
- Removal of or reduction in a body substance, such as blood, a fluid, or a nutrient.
- To use up something, such as a nutrient.
- To empty something out, as the body of electrolytes.
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