Depopulate meaning

dē-pŏpyə-lāt
To reduce sharply the population of, as by disease, war, or forcible relocation.
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To reduce the population of, esp. by violence, disease, etc.
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Origin of depopulate

  • Latin dēpopulāri dēpopulāt- to lay waste dē- de- populārī to ravage (from populus people, throng)

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

  • de- +‎ populate

    From Wiktionary