[verb dee-pop-yuh-leyt; adjective dee-pop-yuh-lit, -leyt]
- to remove or reduce the population of, as by destruction or expulsion.
- Archaic. depopulated.
Origin of depopulate
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Examples from the Web for depopulate
For full access to a genuine voice, Hemingway argues that a writer must depopulate his or her world, physically or metaphysically.Can We Live Together, Roland Barthes?
December 19, 2012
Indeed, in the early 1770s, the movement of people westward was so large that it threatened to depopulate Britain.“The Barbarous Years”: What 17th-Century America Really Looked Like
November 22, 2012
"To get rid of them you'd have to depopulate the country," said Jason Jones.Mary Louise Solves a Mystery
L. Frank Baum
While out riding he discovered the colony and at once resolved to depopulate it.In Beaver World
Enos Abijah Mills
Poverty, death, and emigration then began to depopulate Paris.Economic Sophisms
Leopold seems to be doing his best to depopulate the country.Samba
It has converted the valley into a desert, and will depopulate it.Calavar
Robert Montgomery Bird
- to be or cause to be reduced in population
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Word Origin and History for depopulate
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