transitive verb (depleted; depleting) Etymology: Latin depletus, past participle of deplēre, from de- + plēre to fill — more at full Date: 1807 1. to empty of a principal substance 2. to lessen markedly in quantity, content, power, or value • depletable adjectivedepleter noundepletion noundepletive adjective Synonyms: deplete, drain, exhaust, impoverish, bankrupt mean to deprive of something essential to existence or potency. deplete implies a reduction in number or quantity so as to endanger the ability to function <
depleting our natural resources
. drain implies a gradual withdrawal and ultimate deprivation of what is necessary to an existence <
personal tragedy had drained him of all spirit
. exhaust stresses a complete emptying <
her lecture exhausted the subject
. impoverish suggests a deprivation of something essential to richness or productiveness <
impoverished soil
. bankrupt suggests impoverishment to the point of imminent collapse <
war had bankrupted the nation of resources

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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