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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 depletion
  • Increases in skin cancer cases have been recorded in parallel with ozone depletion.
  • depletion of large predatory fish disrupts food chain.
  • Both areas have lost species because of the depletion of the water supply and agricultural expansion.
  • That, along with fraud carried out by some doctors, has contributed to the depletion of the insurance fund.
  • Human-produced compounds that release chlorine and bromine gases into the stratosphere cause ozone depletion.
  • Unless much of it is released in forms available to subsequent crops, recycling at best slows depletion by a fourth.
  • The depletion of rainforests is being blamed for the increasingly rapid rate at which the world is losing species.
  • Learn about the status of global marine fish stocks and which areas of the world are at risk of stock depletion.
  • There is such a thing as maternal depletion syndrome.
  • How delightfully easy it is to dismiss the pollution and resource depletion issues of an ever-rising human population.
British Dictionary definitions for depletion


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 depletion

1650s, from Late Latin depletionem (nominative depletio) "blood-letting," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin deplere "to empty," literally "to un-fill," from de- "off, away" (see de-) + plere "to fill" (see pleio-).



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

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depletion in Medicine

depletion de·ple·tion (dĭ-plē'shən)

  1. The act or process of depleting.

  2. The state of being depleted; exhaustion.

  3. Removal of or reduction in a body substance, such as blood, a fluid, or a nutrient.

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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