Examples of depopulate in a Sentence
Large areas of the country had been depopulated by disease.
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Chemical weapons experts say the Syrian government has used its supplies of toxic agents primarily to depopulate civilian areas and strike fear into those who remain there.
As the Plains later depopulated and American cities, then suburbs, swelled, the Senate became even more unrepresentative.
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Origin and Etymology of depopulate
Latin depopulatus, past participle of depopulari, from de- + populari to ravage
First Known Use: 1548See Words from the same year
DEPOPULATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of depopulate for English Language Learners
: to greatly reduce the number of people living in (a city, region, etc.)
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