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depredate Line breaks: dep¦re|date
Pronunciation: /ˈdɛprədeɪt/

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Definition of depredate in English:


[with object]
Steal from, typically using force; plunder: many types of predators depredate bird nests wandering flocks of pigeons depredating barley crops
More example sentences
  • Do southern flying squirrels frequently depredate songbird nests in other areas?
  • Many types of predators depredate bird nests and thus potentially influence the spatial distribution of their prey.
  • It has been reported that martens can depredate up to 100% of the local population of pied flycatchers breeding in nest-boxes in Latvia.


Early 17th century: from Latin depraedat- 'plundered', from the verb depraedari.

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