depopulate

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

Definition of depopulate

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  ravage

  3. 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.

Origin and Etymology of depopulate

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


First Known Use: 1548


DEPOPULATE Defined for English Language Learners

depopulate

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

Definition of depopulate for English Language Learners

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


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