Deplete meaning

dĭ-plēt
To consume or reduce to a very low amount; use up.

Drought that depleted the stores of grain.

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To deplete is defined as to diminish or use up the supply of something.

An example of deplete is when you drive around and use up your supply of gas.

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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.

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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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To empty wholly or partly.
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To draw out in its entirety, or use up, money or a nonrenewable resource such as oil.
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To empty or unload, as the vessels of the human system, by bloodletting or by medicine.
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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