[ dih-pleet ]
See synonyms for: depletedepleteddepletesdepleting on

verb (used with object),de·plet·ed, de·plet·ing.
  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

1800–10; <Latin dēplētus empty (past participle of dēplēre to empty out), equivalent to dē-de- + plē(re) to fill + -tus past participle suffix

Other words for deplete

Other words from deplete

  • de·plet·a·ble, adjective
  • de·ple·tion, noun
  • de·ple·tive, de·ple·to·ry [dih-plee-tuh-ree], /dɪˈpli tə ri/, adjective
  • non·de·plet·a·ble, adjective
  • non·de·ple·tion, noun
  • non·de·ple·tive, adjective
  • non·de·ple·to·ry, adjective
  • pre·de·plete, verb (used with object), pre·de·plet·ed, pre·de·plet·ing.
  • pre·de·ple·tion, noun
  • un·de·plet·ed, adjective

Words Nearby deplete Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use deplete in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for deplete


/ (dɪˈpliːt) /

  1. to use up (supplies, money, energy, etc); reduce or exhaust

  2. to empty entirely or partially

  1. med to empty or reduce the fluid contents of (an organ or vessel)

Origin of deplete

C19: from Latin dēplēre to empty out, from de- + plēre to fill

Derived forms of deplete

  • depletable, adjective
  • depletion, noun
  • depletive or depletory, adjective

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