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deplete

[dih-pleet] /dɪˈplit/
verb (used with object), depleted, depleting.
1.
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
1800-1810
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),
adjective
nondepletable, adjective
nondepletion, noun
nondepletive, adjective
nondepletory, adjective
predeplete, verb (used with object), predepleted, predepleting.
predepletion, noun
undepleted, adjective
Synonyms
use up, drain, reduce, consume, lessen.
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Examples from the web for depleted
  • The food stamps were exhausted, the staples from the local food pantry depleted.
  • She should take time to rest and relax during the day so that she is not exhausted and depleted come whoopee hour.
  • It's an economic drain on governments with already badly depleted budgets.
  • Years of budget cuts have depleted campuses and morale alike.
  • And especially, check out depleted uranium munitions.
  • Global fish populations are rapidly being depleted due to demand, loss of habitat, and unsustainable fishing practices.
  • Nearly one-third of fished species had already been critically depleted.
  • Our finances are a shambles, and my husband has depleted the retirement account he had to help pay for our moving expenses.
  • Finding new seams to replace depleted ones is becoming harder.
  • Once a particular fish stock is depleted the fishermen simply move onto another species.
British Dictionary definitions for depleted

deplete

/dɪˈpliːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to use up (supplies, money, energy, etc); reduce or exhaust
2.
to empty entirely or partially
3.
(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 depleted

deplete

v.

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

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depleted 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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