depredate

[ dep-ri-deyt ]
/ ˈdɛp rɪˌdeɪt /

verb (used with object), dep·re·dat·ed, dep·re·dat·ing.

to plunder or lay waste to; prey upon; pillage; ravage.

verb (used without object), dep·re·dat·ed, dep·re·dat·ing.

to plunder; pillage.

Nearby words

  1. deprecatory,
  2. depreciable,
  3. depreciate,
  4. depreciation,
  5. depreciatory,
  6. depredation,
  7. depress,
  8. depressant,
  9. depressed,
  10. depressed area

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

Related formsdep·re·da·tor, noundep·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

depredate

/ (ˈdɛprɪˌdeɪt) /

verb

(tr) rare to plunder or destroy; pillage
Derived Formsdepredator, noundepredatory (ˈdɛprɪˌdeɪtərɪ, dɪˈprɛdɪtərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for depredate

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

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Word Origin and History for depredate

depredate

v.

1620s, from Latin depredatus, past participle of depraedare "to pillage, ravage" (see depredation).

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