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