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deplete

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of deplete

  1. 1 to make complete use of miners depleted the vein of copper ore after only a few months Synonyms of deplete absorb, burn, consume, devour, drain, draw down, exhaust, expend, play out, spend, use up Words Related to deplete abate, decrease, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, lessen, lower, reduce; eat, use; bankrupt, clean (out), impoverish; cripple, debilitate, disable, enfeeble, sap, undermine, weaken; dry up, empty; blow, dissipate, fritter (away), guzzle, lavish, misspend, run through, squander, throw away, waste Phrases run out of Near Antonyms of deplete augment, enlarge, increase; bolster, enforce, fortify, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; rebuild, repair, restore, revive; conserve, preserve, save Antonyms of deplete renew, replace

  2. 2 to make smaller in amount, volume, or extent disease and battlefield casualties had depleted troop strength to dangerously low levels Synonyms of deplete abate, de-escalate, dent, decrease, diminish, downscale, downsize, drop, dwindle, ease, knock down, lessen, lower, reduceWords Related to deplete compress, condense, constrict, contract; abbreviate, abridge, clip, crop, curtail, cut, cut back, cut down, dock, nick, pare, prune, retrench, shorten, slash, trim, truncate, whittle; deflate, shrink; minimize; moderate, modify, modulate, qualifyNear Antonyms of deplete blow up, dilate, distend, inflate, swell; elongate, extend, lengthen, prolong, protract; add (to), complement, supplement; enhance, heighten, intensify; redoubleAntonyms of deplete aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, enlarge, escalate, expand, increase, raise

Synonym Discussion of deplete

deplete, drain, exhaust, impoverish, bankrupt mean to deprive of something essential to existence or potency. deplete implies a reduction in number or quantity so as to endanger the ability to function.
    • depleting our natural resources
drain implies a gradual withdrawal and ultimate deprivation of what is necessary to an existence.
    • personal tragedy had drained him of all spirit
exhaust stresses a complete emptying.
    • her lecture exhausted the subject
impoverish suggests a deprivation of something essential to richness or productiveness.
    • impoverished soil
bankrupt suggests impoverishment to the point of imminent collapse.
    • war had bankrupted the nation of resources


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