depredate

[dep-ri-deyt]
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
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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Related Words for depredated

attack, despoil, loot, maraud, pillage, raid, ransack, ravage, sack, spoliate

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British Dictionary definitions for depredated

depredate

verb
  1. (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 depredated

depredate

v.

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

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