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.

1800–10; < Latin dēplētus empty (past participle of dēplēre to empty out), equivalent to dē- de- + plē(re) to fill + -tus past participle suffix

depletable, adjective
depletion, noun
depletive, depletory [dih-plee-tuh-ree] , adjective
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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deplete (dɪˈpliːt)
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)
[C19: from Latin dēplēre to empty out, from de- + plēre to fill]

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Word Origin & History

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

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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Example sentences
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.
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