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

  • n. The act or process of depleting.
  • n. The state of being depleted; exhaustion.
  • n. The use or consumption of a resource, especially a natural resource, faster than it is replenished.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the act of depleting, or the state of being depleted; exhaustion
  • n. the consumption of a resource faster than it can be replenished

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of depleting or emptying.
  • n. the act or process of diminishing the quantity of fluid in the vessels by bloodletting or otherwise; also excessive evacuation, as in severe diarrhea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of emptying, reducing, or exhausting: as, the depletion of the national resources. Specifically
  • n. In medicine, the act of relieving congestion or plethora by any remedial means, as bloodletting, purging, sweating, vomiting, etc.; also, any general reduction of fullness, as by abstinence.

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

  • n. the act of decreasing something markedly
  • n. the state of being depleted

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