[ dep-ri-deyt ]
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verb (used with object),dep·re·dat·ed, dep·re·dat·ing.
  1. to plunder or lay waste to; prey upon; pillage; ravage.

verb (used without object),dep·re·dat·ed, dep·re·dat·ing.
  1. to plunder; pillage.

Origin of depredate

1620–30; <Late Latin dēpraedātus plundered (past participle of depraedārī), equivalent to Latin dē-de- + praed(ārī) to plunder (see prey) + -ātus-ate1

Other words from depredate

  • dep·re·da·tor, noun
  • dep·re·da·to·ry [dep-ri-dey-tuh-ree, dih-pred-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˈdɛp rɪˌdeɪ tə ri, dɪˈprɛd əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for depredate


/ (ˈdɛprɪˌdeɪt) /

  1. (tr) rare to plunder or destroy; pillage

Origin of depredate

C17: from Late Latin dēpraedārī to ravage, from Latin de- + praeda booty; see prey

Derived forms of depredate

  • depredator, noun
  • depredatory (ˈdɛprɪˌdeɪtərɪ, dɪˈprɛdɪtərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

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