depopulate

verb de·pop·u·late \ (ˌ)dē-ˈpä-pyə-ˌlāt \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of depopulate

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

depopulation

play \(ˌ)dē-ˌpä-pyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun

Examples of depopulate in a Sentence

  1. Large areas of the country had been depopulated by disease.

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Origin and Etymology of depopulate

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


DEPOPULATE Defined for English Language Learners

depopulate

verb

Definition of depopulate for English Language Learners

  • : to greatly reduce the number of people living in (a city, region, etc.)


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