verb (used with object), de·pop·u·lat·ed, de·pop·u·lat·ing.
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Origin of depopulate
OTHER WORDS FROM depopulatede·pop·u·la·tion, nounde·pop·u·la·tive, adjectivede·pop·u·la·tor, noun
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Example sentences 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.
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|R.B. Bernstein|November 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
For the benefit of trade and religion, Los Rios thinks it advisable to depopulate Macao and suppress it.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898|Emma Helen Blair
A landlord who was determined to depopulate could hardly in the long run be prevented from succeeding in his object.The Agrarian Problem in the Sixteenth Century|Richard Henry Tawney
To compel the Bishops to reside within their dioceses would depopulate the Court of Rome, and make it very much poorer.A History of the Reformation (Vol. 2 of 2)|Thomas M. Lindsay
The principle of entailing landed estates tends to impoverish the people, drive them to emigration, and so depopulate the country.The Cathedral Towns and Intervening Places of England, Ireland and Scotland:|Thomas W. Silloway
To confine man absolutely either to animal or vegetable food would be to depopulate a large part of the earth.Genghis Khan, Makers of History Series|Jacob Abbott