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depredate

[ dep-ri-deyt ]
/ 藞d蓻p r瑟藢de瑟t /
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verb (used with object), dep路re路dat路ed, dep路re路dat路ing.
to plunder or lay waste to; prey upon; pillage; ravage.
verb (used without object), dep路re路dat路ed, dep路re路dat路ing.
to plunder; pillage.
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Origin of depredate

1620鈥30; <Late Latin d膿praed膩tus plundered (past participle of depraed膩r墨), equivalent to Latin d膿-de- + praed(膩r墨) to plunder (see prey) + -膩tus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM depredate

dep路re路da路tor, noundep路re路da路to路ry [dep-ri-dey-tuh-ree, dih-pred-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /藞d蓻p r瑟藢de瑟 t蓹 ri, d瑟藞pr蓻d 蓹藢t蓴r i, -藢to蕣r i/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for depredate

depredate
/ (藞d蓻pr瑟藢de瑟t) /

verb
(tr) rare to plunder or destroy; pillage

Derived forms of depredate

depredator, noundepredatory (藞d蓻pr瑟藢de瑟t蓹r瑟, d瑟藞pr蓻d瑟t蓹r瑟, -tr瑟), adjective

Word Origin for depredate

C17: from Late Latin d膿praed膩r墨 to ravage, from Latin de- + praeda booty; see prey
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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