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VERB (1)

1. reduce in population;
- Example: "The epidemic depopulated the countryside"
[syn: depopulate, desolate]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Depopulate \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. [1913 Webster] Where is this viper, That would depopulate the city? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Depopulate \De*pop"u*late\, v. i. To become dispeopled. [R.] [1913 Webster] Whether the country be depopulating or not. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

depopulate v 1: reduce in population; "The epidemic depopulated the countryside" [syn: depopulate, desolate]