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.

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 forms

dep·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 Forms

depredator, 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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