Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To decrease the fullness of; use up or empty out.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To empty or unload, as the vessels of the human system, by bloodletting or by medicine.
  • v. To reduce by destroying or consuming the vital powers of; to exhaust, as a country of its strength or resources, a treasury of money, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To empty or unload, as the vessels of human system, by bloodletting or by medicine.
  • transitive v. To reduce by destroying or consuming the vital powers of; to exhaust, as a country of its strength or resources, a treasury of money, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To empty, reduce, or exhaust by drawing away, as the strength, vital powers, resources, etc.: as, to deplete a country of inhabitants.
  • In medicine, to empty or unload, as overcharged vessels, by bloodletting, purgatives, or other means.

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

  • v. use up (resources or materials)

Etymologies

Latin dēplēre, dēplēt-, to empty : dē-, de- + plēre, to fill; see pelə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin dēplētus ("empty") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She agreed with the Tax suspension as an immediate relief but she also had a follow up plan to replace the money it would deplete from the Roads fund and you completely ignored that?

    Clinton: I feel like the Goldilocks of this campaign

  • Mr. Casey complains about many in his generation not being able to find jobs, that "the prospects for intergenerational mobility are fading fast," that they will be burdened with Social Security and Medicare payments for baby boomers, and that baby boomers will "deplete" the wealth of Gen Y.

    If You Want Intergenerational War, Let It Begin Here

  • Steve Patterson of Urban Review - St. Louis posted an entry recently about that city's '70s plan to "deplete" much of the older sections of northern St. Louis.

    BatesLine: February 2006 Archives

  • Additionally, bacteria feeding on the bloated fish corpses could multiply and further deplete the oxygen.

    Millions of sardines die in Californian marina

  • The inventory-to-sales ratio, which measures how many months it would take for a firm to deplete its current inventory, fell to 1.13 from 1.15 in December.

    Wholesale Inventories Rise

  • The European traveller from the States, who is not a Croesus, speedily finds himself reduced to a chronic state of self-conscious sordidness by the hordes of cringing robbers who clutter his steps from dawn till dark, and deplete his pocket-book in a way that puts compound interest to the blush.

    THE DESCENT

  • ONGC, India's largest oil explorer by output, is seeing oil production stagnate at its aging oilfields in the country as reserves deplete.

    ONGC May Not Get Exxon Angola Stake

  • They suggested that the abundant deer might eventually deplete the plateau of edible vegetation, but neither the Forest Service nor the Park Service took any corrective action for a number of reasons.

    Have we forgotten what happened at Kaibab??

  • Once they are, in fact, laid off, they have to start depleting their savings, and as the savings deplete, the credit rating tanks, and the house is gone, the fear intensifies.

    DIY safety nets.

  • The inventory-to-sales ratio measures how many months a firm would take to deplete current inventory.

    Import Prices Tick Up as Commodities Soar

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