Definition of deplete in English:

deplete

Syllabification: de·plete
Pronunciation: /diˈplēt
 
/

verb

(often as adjective depleted)
  • 1Use up the supply or resources of: fish stocks are severely depleted
    More example sentences
    • Their stocks were severely depleted by whaling, and they remain low.
    • 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.
    Synonyms
    exhaust, use up, consume, expend, drain, empty, milk; reduce, decrease, diminish; slim down, cut back
  • 1.1 [no object] Diminish in number or quantity: supplies are depleting fast
    More example sentences
    • With the rich mangroves depleting fast, the number of migratory birds has decreased over the years.
    • Do oil deposits get depleted too fast as oil countries try to maximize their oil earnings?
    • Municipal representatives said bread supplies were depleting.

Origin

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').

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