depopulate

verb
de·​pop·​u·​late | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈpä-pyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce depopulate (audio) \
depopulated; depopulating; depopulates

Definition of depopulate

transitive verb

1 obsolete : ravage
2 : to reduce greatly the population of

Other Words from depopulate

depopulation \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌpä-​pyə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce depopulate (audio) \ noun

Examples of depopulate in a Sentence

Large areas of the country had been depopulated by disease.
Recent Examples on the Web State agriculture officials have allowed more than a dozen CWD-positive deer farms to remain open, but on May 18 did depopulate Van Ooyen Whitetails in Antigo. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 23 July 2022 The problem is there just aren’t enough urban areas in Iowa to offset the losses elsewhere, even as the cities grow while rural areas depopulate. Ben Jacobs, The New Republic, 28 June 2022 Increasingly, the Russians appear to be using their massive firepower advantage - especially in Mariupol - to depopulate Ukraine’s urban centers and then take them over. Greg Jaffe And Meg Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Mar. 2022 Increasingly, the Russians appear to be using their massive firepower advantage — especially in Mariupol — to depopulate Ukraine’s urban centers and then take them over. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2022 Social media users are claiming that billionaire tech titan Bill Gates is part of a conspiracy to depopulate the Earth. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2022 Chief executive Dave Bateman claims coronavirus vaccines are part of a plot to depopulate the Earth. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 Jan. 2022 No decision has been made on whether to depopulate Maple Hill Farms, according to DATCP. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Dec. 2021 Cities balloon or depopulate over the course of decades. Matt Simon, Wired, 14 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of depopulate

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for depopulate

Latin depopulatus, past participle of depopulari, from de- + populari to ravage

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2 Aug 2022

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“Depopulate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depopulate. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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