depredate

[dep-ri-deyt]
verb (used with object), depredated, depredating.
1.
to plunder or lay waste to; prey upon; pillage; ravage.
verb (used without object), depredated, depredating.
2.
to plunder; pillage.

Origin:
1620–30; < Late Latin dēpraedātus plundered (past participle of depraedārī), equivalent to Latin dē- de- + praed(ārī) to plunder (see prey) + -ātus -ate1

depredator, noun
depredatory [dep-ri-dey-tuh-ree, dih-pred-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] , adjective
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depredate (ˈdɛprɪˌdeɪt)
 
vb
rare (tr) to plunder or destroy; pillage
 
[C17: from Late Latin dēpraedārī to ravage, from Latin de- + praeda booty; see prey]
 
'depredator
 
n
 
depredatory
 
adj

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depredate
1620s, from pp. stem of L. deprædare "to pillage, ravage" (see depredation)
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Example sentences
Mammalian predators such as red fox, skunk, and raccoon depredate thousands of duck nests every year.
Birds present a hazard to aviation and depredate many crops.
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.
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