AskDefine | Define deplete

Dictionary Definition

deplete v : use up (resources or materials); "this car consumes a lot of gas"; "We exhausted our savings"; "They run through 20 bottles of wine a week" [syn: consume, eat up, use up, eat, exhaust, run through, wipe out]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To empty or unload, as the vessels of human system, by bloodletting or by medicine.
  2. To reduce by destroying or consuming the vital powers of; to exhaust, as a country of its strength or resources, a treasury of money, etc.
    • 2007. Zerzan, John. Silence.
      Its reserves have been invaded and depleted.


to empty or unload
  • German: leeren, räumen, aufbrauchen
  • Hungarian: kiürít
to exhaust
  • German: erschöpfen, dezimieren
  • Hungarian: kimerít
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  • ttbc [[Portuguese: exaurir

Extensive Definition

Depletion may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ablate, absorb, assimilate, bankrupt, bleed, bleed white, blow, blow out, burn up, clean out, clear, clear away, clear off, clear out, clear the decks, consume, cripple, debilitate, decrease, defecate, depreciate, dig into, digest, diminish, disable, dissipate, drain, drain of resources, draw, draw down, draw off, dribble away, dry up, eat, eat up, eliminate, empty, empty out, enfeeble, erode, evacuate, exhaust, expend, finish, finish off, gobble, gobble up, impoverish, ingest, lessen, milk, purge, reduce, remove, sap, scour out, shrink, spend, squander, suck dry, swallow, swallow up, sweep out, unclog, undermine, unfoul, use up, vent, void, wash up, waste, waste away, weaken, wear, wear away
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