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[dih-pleet] /dɪˈplit/
verb (used with object), depleted, depleting.
to decrease seriously or exhaust the abundance or supply of:
The fire had depleted the game in the forest. Extravagant spending soon depleted his funds.
Origin of deplete
1800-10; < Latin dēplētus empty (past participle of dēplēre to empty out), equivalent to dē- de- + plē(re) to fill + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
depletable, adjective
depletion, noun
depletive, depletory
[dih-plee-tuh-ree] /dɪˈpli tə ri/ (Show IPA),
nondepletable, adjective
nondepletion, noun
nondepletive, adjective
nondepletory, adjective
predeplete, verb (used with object), predepleted, predepleting.
predepletion, noun
undepleted, adjective
use up, drain, reduce, consume, lessen. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deplete
  • The plants and algae deplete the available oxygen supply.
  • Less obviously, oil producers deplete their reserves every time they pump out a barrel of oil.
  • The political minefield alone is enough to deplete your emotional reservoir.
  • In coastal ecosystems, huge dead zones can occur where algal blooms deplete oxygen.
  • Stratospheric aerosols could deplete the ozone layer.
  • The sport was quick to realise that radio and television would enhance revenues rather than deplete them.
  • They also helped deplete the island's natural resources at a much faster rate than previously thought, the study says.
  • With all of the decorations the neighborhood kids flocked to your house, but didn't manage to deplete your sugary stockpile.
  • They said that levels of the chemicals that deplete oxygen were rising year to year, weakening the gulf's resistance to pollution.
  • The purpose was to prevent a bidding war that would deplete the funds available for needy students.
British Dictionary definitions for deplete


verb (transitive)
to use up (supplies, money, energy, etc); reduce or exhaust
to empty entirely or partially
(med) to empty or reduce the fluid contents of (an organ or vessel)
Derived Forms
depletable, adjective
depletion, noun
depletive, depletory, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin dēplēre to empty out, from de- + plēre to fill
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Word Origin and History for deplete

1807, back-formation from depletion. Related: Depleted; depleting.

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deplete in Medicine

deplete de·plete (dĭ-plēt')
v. de·plet·ed, de·plet·ing, de·pletes

  1. To use up something, such as a nutrient.

  2. To empty something out, as the body of electrolytes.

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