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depredate

[dep-ri-deyt] /ˈdɛp rɪˌdeɪt/
verb (used with object), depredated, depredating.
1.
to plunder or lay waste to; prey upon; pillage; ravage.
verb (used without object), depredated, depredating.
2.
to plunder; pillage.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Late Latin dēpraedātus plundered (past participle of depraedārī), equivalent to Latin dē- de- + praed(ārī) to plunder (see prey) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
depredator, noun
depredatory
[dep-ri-dey-tuh-ree, dih-pred-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈdɛp rɪˌdeɪ tə ri, dɪˈprɛd əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for de-predatory

depredate

/ˈdɛprɪˌdeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) (rare) to plunder or destroy; pillage
Derived Forms
depredator, noun
depredatory (ˈdɛprɪˌdeɪtərɪ; dɪˈprɛdɪtərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin dēpraedārī to ravage, from Latin de- + praeda booty; see prey
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Word Origin and History for de-predatory

depredate

v.

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

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