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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.
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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
Related formsde·plet·a·ble, adjectivede·ple·tion, nounde·ple·tive, de·ple·to·ry [dih-plee-tuh-ree] /dɪˈpli tə ri/, adjectivenon·de·plet·a·ble, adjectivenon·de·ple·tion, nounnon·de·ple·tive, adjectivenon·de·ple·to·ry, adjectivepre·de·plete, verb (used with object), pre·de·plet·ed, pre·de·plet·ing.pre·de·ple·tion, nounun·de·plet·ed, adjective

Synonyms for deplete

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British Dictionary definitions for depletive


verb (tr)
  1. to use up (supplies, money, energy, etc); reduce or exhaust
  2. to empty entirely or partially
  3. med to empty or reduce the fluid contents of (an organ or vessel)
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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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Word Origin and History for depletive



1807, back-formation from depletion. Related: Depleted; depleting.

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depletive in Medicine


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