Deplete Definition

depleted, depletes, depleting
depleted, depletes, depleting
To consume or reduce to a very low amount; use up.
Drought that depleted the stores of grain.
American Heritage
To make less by gradually using up (resources, funds, strength, etc.)
Webster's New World
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.
American Heritage
To use up gradually the resources, strength, etc. of.
Webster's New World
To empty wholly or partly.
Webster's New World

Origin of Deplete

  • Latin dēplēre dēplēt- to empty dē- de- plēre to fill pelə-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin dēplētus (“empty”), from Latin depleo

    From Wiktionary


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