- 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
Synonyms for deplete
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- 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)
Word Origin for deplete
C19: from Latin dēplēre to empty out, from de- + plēre to fill
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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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