Driving will deplete the contents of your gas tank.
An example of deplete is when you drive around and use up your supply of gas.
- to make less by gradually using up (resources, funds, strength, etc.)
- to use up gradually the resources, strength, etc. of
- to empty wholly or partly
Origin of deplete; from Classical Latin depletus, past participle of deplere, to empty ; from de-, from + plere, to fill: see full
transitive verbde·plet·ed, de·plet·ing, de·pletes
- To consume or reduce to a very low amount; use up: drought that depleted the stores of grain.
- To remove the contents or important elements of; empty out or exhaust: overfishing that depleted the lake of trout; farming practices that depleted the soil of nutrients.
Origin of depleteLatin dēplēre, dēplēt-, to empty : dē-, de- + plēre, to fill; see pel&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present depletes, present participle depleting, simple past and past participle depleted)
- To empty or unload, as the vessels of the human system, by bloodletting or by medicine.
- To reduce by destroying or consuming the vital powers of; to exhaust, as a country of its strength or resources, a treasury of money, etc.
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