Definition of deplete
- The lake was depleted of water.
- depleting the country of its natural resources
- deplete our life savings
- their depleted resources
Activities such as logging and mining deplete our natural resources.
We completely depleted our life savings when we bought our new house.
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The de- prefix often means "do the opposite of", so deplete means the opposite of "fill". Thus, for example, a kitchen's food supplies can be rapidly depleted by hungry teenagers. But deplete often suggests something more serious. Desertions can deplete an army; layoffs can deplete an office staff; and too much time in bed can rapidly deplete your muscular strength.
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