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depopulate

[verb dee-pop-yuh-leyt; adjective dee-pop-yuh-lit, -leyt]
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verb (used with object), de·pop·u·lat·ed, de·pop·u·lat·ing.
  1. to remove or reduce the population of, as by destruction or expulsion.
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adjective
  1. Archaic. depopulated.
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Origin of depopulate

1525–35; < Latin dēpopulātus devastated (past participle of dēpopulārī), equivalent to dē- de- + populātus; see populate
Related formsde·pop·u·la·tion, nounde·pop·u·la·tive, adjectivede·pop·u·la·tor, noun
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depopulate

verb
  1. to be or cause to be reduced in population
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Derived Formsdepopulation, noun
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Word Origin and History for depopulation

n.

early 15c.; see de- + population.

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depopulate

v.

1540s; see de- + populate. Perhaps from Latin depopulatus, past participle of depopulari "to lay waste, ravage." Related: Depopulated; depopulating. Earlier in same sense was dispeplen (early 15c.).

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