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[v. dee-pop-yuh-leyt; adj. dee-pop-yuh-lit, -leyt] /v. diˈpɒp yəˌleɪt; adj. diˈpɒp yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), depopulated, depopulating.
to remove or reduce the population of, as by destruction or expulsion.
Archaic. depopulated.
Origin of depopulate
1525-35; < Latin dēpopulātus devastated (past participle of dēpopulārī), equivalent to dē- de- + populātus; see populate
Related forms
depopulation, noun
depopulative, adjective
depopulator, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for depopulate


to be or cause to be reduced in population
Derived Forms
depopulation, noun
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Word Origin and History for depopulate

1540s; see de- + populate. Perhaps from Latin depopulatus, past participle of depopulari "to lay waste, ravage." Related: Depopulated; depopulating. Earlier in same sense was dispeplen (early 15c.).

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