Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To ransack; plunder.
  • intransitive v. To engage in plundering.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to ransack or plunder
  • v. to engage in plundering

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To take plunder or prey; to commit waste.
  • transitive v. To subject to plunder and pillage; to despoil; to lay waste; to prey upon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To prey upon, either by consumption or destruction, or by plunder and pillage; despoil; lay waste.
  • To take plunder or prey; commit waste: as, wild animals depredate upon the corn; thieves have depredated on my property.

Etymologies

Late Latin dēpraedārī, dēpraedāt- : Latin dē-, de- + Latin praedārī, to plunder (from praeda, booty; see ghend- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Late Latin depraedari, depraedat-  : Latin de- + Latin praedari, to plunder (Wiktionary)

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