[verb dee-pop-yuh-leyt; adjective dee-pop-yuh-lit, -leyt]
- to remove or reduce the population of, as by destruction or expulsion.
- Archaic. depopulated.
Origin of depopulate
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Examples from the Web for depopulation
These earlier refugees resulted from, among other sources, the depopulation of the largest Palestinian cities of Yaffa and Haifa.Blaming the Victim
June 1, 2012
What was it, then, which occasioned the depopulation and weakness?
It did not seem as if the depopulation of Rum had tended much to any one's advantage.The Cruise of the Betsey
Prices could not sustain themselves in the face of depopulation.History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete
John Lothrop Motley
But depopulation was prevented by the arrival of a new congregation from England.A Century of Science and Other Essays
The depopulation of the Campagna began even in the time of the later Republic.Old Rome
- to be or cause to be reduced in population
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Word Origin and History for depopulation
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