One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Reduction in the number or quantity of something.‘the depletion of the ozone layer’
exhaustion, using up, use, consumption, expending, expenditureView synonyms
- ‘The depletion of mangroves has also affected the fish wealth of the State.’
- ‘Some crops such as corn are very heavy feeders so moving it from place to place prevents rapid depletion of the soil.’
- ‘The ship's refrigeration and air conditioning plants are designed to achieve no ozone depletion.’
- ‘Responding to major depletions of marine fish populations and other wildlife killed in the process of fishing, marine conservation groups became a force in national and international environmental policy.’
- ‘To get back to what I said earlier about the depletion of the national sheep flock, I have one or two more instances to highlight.’
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