deplete

[ dih-pleet ]
/ dɪˈplit /

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

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
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British Dictionary definitions for deplete

deplete

/ (dɪˈpliːt) /

verb (tr)

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)

Derived Formsdepletable, adjectivedepletion, noundepletive or depletory, adjective

Word Origin for deplete

C19: from Latin dēplēre to empty out, from de- + plēre to fill
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Medicine definitions for deplete

deplete

[ dĭ-plēt ]

v.

To use up something, such as a nutrient.
To empty something out, as the body of electrolytes.

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