depopulate

verb
de·​pop·​u·​late | \(ˌ)dē-ˈpä-pyə-ˌlāt \

Definition of depopulate 

transitive verb

1 obsolete : ravage

2 : to reduce greatly the population of

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depopulation \(ˌ)dē-​ˌpä-​pyə-​ˈlā-​shən \ noun

Examples of depopulate in a Sentence

Large areas of the country had been depopulated by disease.

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The last holdouts surrendered in 2016 and the government depopulated the town, once home to 300,000 people, thereafter. Philip Issa, Fox News, "In Syria, civil registers disclose hundreds of prison deaths," 3 Aug. 2018 Today, Forgottonia often is viewed as a depopulating region where nature is reasserting itself. Ted Gregory, chicagotribune.com, "Could there be a wolf pack living in Illinois? Man’s trail camera footage prompts experts to conduct testing," 19 June 2018 Many are also critical of a decision by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to allow some CWD-positive facilities in Wisconsin to continue to operate rather than be depopulated. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Why are deer farms compensated for diseased herds?," 9 June 2018 State agriculture officials depopulated a Mineral Point deer farm last week over chronic wasting disease concerns, the second such action at a Wisconsin captive cervid facility in two months. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State agriculture officials depopulate another deer farm over CWD concerns," 26 May 2018 Photo: Francesco Lastrucci for The Wall Street Journal When Bulgaria’s communist government collapsed in 1990, the country’s rural areas rapidly disintegrated and depopulated. Henry Wismayer, WSJ, "Undiscovered Europe: A Vacation Like No Other," 23 May 2018 Still, the Holy Land's native Christian communities are being depopulated, even as thousands of pilgrims from abroad flock to Jerusalem, Bethlehem and other biblical sites. NBC News, "Holy Land Christians feel abandoned by U.S. evangelicals," 5 May 2018 Eleven Wisconsin deer farms have been depopulated after they were discovered to have CWD-positive animals. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Transferred Kewaskum deer cause CWD concerns in Bayfield County," 4 Apr. 2018 In 1989, when the orchestra moved back in, the Cass Corridor, as the immediate area is known, was run-down, depopulated, and crime-ridden. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Augustin Hadelich’s Bold Violin Explorations," 2 Apr. 2018

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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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depopulate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of depopulate

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

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