verb (used with object), de·pop·u·lat·ed, de·pop·u·lat·ing.
Origin of depopulate
Related formsde·pop·u·la·tion, nounde·pop·u·la·tive, adjectivede·pop·u·la·tor, noun
Examples 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
It has converted the valley into a desert, and will depopulate it.Calavar|Robert Montgomery Bird
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
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
All other measures will prove abortive, and you will depopulate the country.Egmont|Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
So strong was now the tide of emigration, that it threatened to depopulate some of the fairest provinces of the country.History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain.|William H. Prescott