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[dep-ri-deyt] /ˈdɛp rɪˌdeɪt/
verb (used with object), depredated, depredating.
to plunder or lay waste to; prey upon; pillage; ravage.
verb (used without object), depredated, depredating.
to plunder; pillage.
Origin of depredate
1620-30; < Late Latin dēpraedātus plundered (past participle of depraedārī), equivalent to Latin dē- de- + praed(ārī) to plunder (see prey) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
depredator, noun
[dep-ri-dey-tuh-ree, dih-pred-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈdɛp rɪˌdeɪ tə ri, dɪˈprɛd əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for depredate
  • Mammalian predators such as red fox, skunk, and raccoon depredate thousands of duck nests every year.
  • Packs that had alphas removed were no less likely to depredate again within the year than packs with non-alphas removed.
  • Additionally, there has historically been conflict between grazing livestock and predators that often depredate livestock.
  • Birds present a hazard to aviation and depredate many crops.
  • Wolves should be shot if they depredate on livestock.
  • Constructing barriers without removing predators would be futile, because enclosed animals likely would depredate nests.
British Dictionary definitions for depredate


(transitive) (rare) to plunder or destroy; pillage
Derived Forms
depredator, noun
depredatory (ˈdɛprɪˌdeɪtərɪ; dɪˈprɛdɪtərɪ; -trɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin dēpraedārī to ravage, from Latin de- + praeda booty; see prey
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Word Origin and History for depredate

1620s, from Latin depredatus, past participle of depraedare "to pillage, ravage" (see depredation).

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