Definition of deplete in English:



  • 1Use up the supply or resources of.

    ‘fish stocks are severely depleted’
    • ‘But since the move itself severely depleted my bank account, I'll be acquiring those things bit by bit as my budget allows.’
    • ‘Soils that remain saturated deplete soil oxygen and reduce or prevent root growth, resulting in overall plant decline.’
    • ‘The immune system can be severely depleted, with the suppression of immunity allowing infection to overwhelm the body while defenses are down.’
    • ‘Stade started the game with a severely depleted team but it was hard to spot the gaps.’
    • ‘Their stocks were severely depleted by whaling, and they remain low.’
    • ‘Like other farmed fish, they consume fishmeal which depletes wild stock.’
    • ‘About half of the world's rivers are severely depleted and polluted.’
    • ‘The first problem McCall encountered on his return was a severely depleted player roll.’
    • ‘He would do what he could to assist the depleted crews.’
    • ‘The use of modified plants would take the pressure off severely depleted fish stocks.’
    • ‘Irrigation, of course, not only depletes groundwater but reduces surface flow too, with dams and diversions that cause downstream desertification and the loss of productive wetlands and freshwater fish stocks.’
    • ‘The return of Radebe in particular will bolster a severely depleted squad, who are missing 19 international players for a host of reasons.’
    • ‘Moss adds that chemotherapy and radiation deplete antioxidants so severely that it's necessary to take supplements to maintain normal levels.’
    • ‘Glutamine is severely depleted during stress and injury.’
    • ‘Juvenile swordfish and other severely depleted species are often accidentally caught by longlines.’
    • ‘Conflicts between the colonists and the Crown grew worse after the French and Indian war, which severely depleted the Treasury.’
    • ‘Staff shortages depleted an Epsom fire crew on Sunday as officers rescued a couple from a blaze without assistance from an extra appliance.’
    • ‘Government officials are critical of environmental groups' claims about depleted alerce stocks.’
    • ‘Farming practices did not change or adapt at the same pace, however, such that soil fertility was severely depleted in these areas.’
    • ‘Harvesting can severely deplete wild populations that are already hampered by restricted ranges, harsh environments and low levels of seed production.’
    exhaust, use up, consume, expend, spend, drain, empty, sap, milk, suck dry, evacuate
    reduce, decrease, diminish, lessen, lower, attenuate
    slim down, pare down, cut back
    bleed, slash
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    1. 1.1[no object]Diminish in number or quantity.
      ‘supplies are depleting fast’
      • ‘With the crashes and groundings, the small force of heavy attack fire bombers has been severely depleted.’
      • ‘But once supplies become depleted, and demand increase, prices have to rise.’
      • ‘The atrocious weather meant a hard long climb, their food became depleted, they were exhausted and mistakes began to happen.’
      • ‘About every 15 years the nearby supplies of wild game and firewood would become depleted, and the farmed soil would become exhausted.’
      • ‘My stamp collection is severely depleted, and I miss standing over the kettle every so often steaming off unused second-class stamps.’
      • ‘Menopause, when the estrogen supply becomes depleted, is the time that many women begin to experience a dramatic decrease in bone mass.’
      • ‘Municipal representatives said bread supplies were depleting.’
      • ‘She had to give up work for a year to look after Emma full-time, leaving her exhausted and the family coffers seriously depleted.’
      • ‘Basically the blood supply to the bone is cut off or depleted during dislocation and if this occurs for long enough the bone dies.’
      • ‘With the rich mangroves depleting fast, the number of migratory birds has decreased over the years.’
      • ‘The Government is determined to increase the housing stock, which was severely depleted during the 1990s.’
      • ‘Finally, as resources become more depleted, individuals cut back in food quantity to the point where they may not eat at all because of lack of food.’
      • ‘This change is only partially driven by climate change concerns, as the major driver is the realisation that fossil fuels are depleting rapidly.’
      • ‘Now, the inland city's water supplies are all but depleted as Australia's crippling drought parches farm and playing field alike.’
      • ‘By the twentieth century the dry forests were severely depleted and degraded.’
      • ‘By the mid-1970s all of the great whales of the North Pacific were severely depleted.’
      • ‘Do oil deposits get depleted too fast as oil countries try to maximize their oil earnings?’
      • ‘Cycads should be a distinctive feature of Eastern Cape flora but due to the illegal trade in these plants, the number of wild plants has been severely depleted over the years.’
      • ‘By the 1950s, the South's alligator population was severely depleted, especially in Florida.’
      • ‘Britain, for example, is likely to become a net exporter of gas in the next two years as its North Sea supplies deplete at a time when demand is rising.’


Early 19th century (earlier ( mid. 17th century) as depletion): from Latin deplet- emptied out from the verb deplere, from de- (expressing reversal) + plere fill (from plenus full).