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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 depleting
  • Repeated exposure can wear the system down, depleting neurotransmitters, reducing the sensation of the pain.
  • Our economy can't stand the escalating costs for depleting fossil fuels.
  • Until then, we'll be all hands on deck trying to identify and undo the spaghetti-bowl of depleting factors in play today.
  • We're already depleting planetary resources at breakneck speed.
  • Regulations are outlawing certain refrigerants, such as chlorofluorocarbons, which contain ozone-depleting chemicals.
  • The global energy problem has less to do with depleting resources than with controlling pollutants.
  • Don't give me that big about depleting limited resources.
  • Industrial civilization is inherently unsustainable, based as it is on depleting resources in the name of economic growth.
  • And as societies themselves age, their governments tend to run ever-larger deficits, further depleting savings.
  • Petrel and her sisters did their work too well, depleting some whale species and nearly exterminating the blue.
British Dictionary definitions for depleting

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 depleting

deplete

v.

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

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depleting 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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