- to plunder or lay waste to; prey upon; pillage; ravage.
- to plunder; pillage.
Origin of depredate
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Examples from the Web for depredated
The same remark would apply to Spain, so far as they have depredated upon our commerce.
- (tr) rare to plunder or destroy; pillage
C17: from Late Latin dēpraedārī to ravage, from Latin de- + praeda booty; see prey
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Word Origin and History for depredated
1620s, from Latin depredatus, past participle of depraedare "to pillage, ravage" (see depredation).
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