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verb de·plete \di-ˈplēt\

: to use most or all of (something important) : to greatly reduce the amount of (something)


Full Definition of DEPLETE

transitive verb
:  to empty of a principal substance
:  to lessen markedly in quantity, content, power, or value
de·plet·able \-ˈplē-tə-bəl\ adjective
de·plet·er \-ˈplē-tər\ noun
de·ple·tion \-ˈplē-shən\ noun
de·ple·tive \-ˈplē-tiv\ adjective

Examples of DEPLETE

  1. Activities such as logging and mining deplete our natural resources.
  2. We completely depleted our life savings when we bought our new house.

Origin of DEPLETE

Latin depletus, past participle of deplēre, from de- + plēre to fill — more at full
First Known Use: 1807

Synonym Discussion of DEPLETE

deplete, drain, exhaust, impoverish, bankrupt mean to deprive of something essential to existence or potency. deplete implies a reduction in number or quantity so as to endanger the ability to function <depleting our natural resources>. drain implies a gradual withdrawal and ultimate deprivation of what is necessary to an existence <personal tragedy had drained him of all spirit>. exhaust stresses a complete emptying <her lecture exhausted the subject>. impoverish suggests a deprivation of something essential to richness or productiveness <impoverished soil>. bankrupt suggests impoverishment to the point of imminent collapse <war had bankrupted the nation of resources>.
DEPLETION Defined for Kids


verb de·plete \di-ˈplēt\

Definition of DEPLETE for Kids

:  to reduce in amount by using up <The soil was depleted of minerals.>

Word Root of DEPLETE

The Latin word plēre, meaning to fill, gives us the root ple. Words from the Latin plēre have something to do with filling or being full. Anything replete with something is full of that particular thing or quality. Something complete is totally full and finished. To deplete is to lessen the amount of something that was once full. A supplement is something that fills in something that is missing.
Medical Dictionary


transitive verb de·plete \di-ˈplēt\

Medical Definition of DEPLETE

:  to empty (as the blood vessels) of a principal substance <a body depleted by excessive blood loss> <tissues depleted of vitamins>


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