Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To reduce sharply the population of, as by disease, war, or forcible relocation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To reduce the population of a region by disease, war, forced relocation etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become dispeopled.
  • transitive v. To deprive of inhabitants, whether by death or by expulsion; to reduce greatly the populousness of; to dispeople; to unpeople.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To deprive of inhabitants, wholly or in part, whether by death or by expulsion; dispeople; reduce the population of.
  • To become dispeopled.
  • Depopulated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. reduce in population

Etymologies

Latin dēpopulāri, dēpopulāt-, to lay waste : dē-, de- + populārī, to ravage (from populus, people, throng).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
de- +‎ populate (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Below is a letter to livestock producers in Illinois asking them and others to contact the Governor's office to ask to be allowed to be present at a meeting between Homeland Security and the USDA which involves NAIS and "surge capacity" under Homeland Security to attack and seize and destroy - "depopulate" an area of - animals.

    Monsanto in Illinois: Homeland Security and USDA plan attacks against animals

  • But the bigger problem is the systemic one created by legislators themselves: state law mandates that Citizens Property Insurance "depopulate" policies even to untested, unrated, inexperienced private insurance companies.

    The Dogs of Wind

  • An email that went out recently talks about the government and their plans to "depopulate" the country.

    Emaxhealth

  • Thus, the whole testing in the elderly. world would actually start to 'depopulate' in The US Bureau of the Census, International 40 years.

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  • "This administration is trying to figure out how to deal with that stress and so they are doing end-of-life counseling in order to depopulate that particular group of people," Broden said last June.

    GOP Candidate Stephen Broden: Violent Revolution Is 'On The Table'

  • If we depopulate Alaska we could save ol'grizz and some salmon and all kinds of critters.

    Grizzly Plan Could Deny Hunter Access

  • The ultimate aim of the Israelis is to depopulate the Christian population in and around Mosul and claim the land as biblical Jewish land that is part of “Greater Israel.”

    Matthew Yglesias » Do Critics of Israeli Policy Whine Too Much?

  • Responding to rumors of war in Europe in 1788, he told the comte de Chastellux, an old friend from the Revolution, that it was “more consonant to all the principles of reason and religion natural and revealed to replenish the earth with inhabitants rather than to depopulate it by killing those already in existence.”

    George Washington’s First War

  • At the same time, the goverment NEEDS doctors, nurses to "vaccinate" people by injecting toxic into their body so they can depopulate the world to have easier control over it.

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  • There may even be plagues of unprecedented ferocity that will depopulate great areas before the wit of man can overcome them.

    THE HUMAN DRIFT

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