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Meaning of DEPOPULATE

Pronunciation:  dee'pâpyu`leyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  reduce in population; "The epidemic depopulated the countryside"
 

DEPOPULATE is a 10 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: desolate
 
 See Also: reduce, shrink

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \De*pop"u*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Depopulated};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Depopulating}.] [L. depopulatus, p. p. of
    depopulari to ravage; de- + populari to ravage, fr. populus
    people: cf. OF. depopuler, F. d['e]peupler. See {People}.]
    To deprive of inhabitants, whether by death or by expulsion;
    to reduce greatly the populousness of; to dispeople; to
    unpeople.
    
          Where is this viper, That would depopulate the city?
                                                   --Shak.
    
    Note: It is not synonymous with laying waste or destroying,
          being limited to the loss of inhabitants; as, an army
          or a famine may depopulate a country. It rarely
          expresses an entire loss of inhabitants, but often a
          great diminution of their numbers; as, the deluge
          depopulated the earth.
    
    
  2. \De*pop"u*late\, v. i.
    To become dispeopled. [R.]
    
          Whether the country be depopulating or not.
                                                   --Goldsmith.
    
    
 

 

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