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>.


transitive verb de·plete \di-ˈplēt\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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