Simple Definition of deplete
: to use most or all of (something important) : to greatly reduce the amount of (something)
Full Definition of deplete
1 : to empty of a principal substance
2 : to lessen markedly in quantity, content, power, or value
Examples of deplete
Activities such as logging and mining deplete our natural resources.
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
Rhymes with deplete
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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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