Definition of depredate in English:


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


[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
    • A federal permit is not required to kill a bird when it depredates a crop
    • Various raptor species formed the next most common group, depredating seven nests, all with nestlings.
    • Chief among the amendments to the bill was a section creating a permit that would allow a landowner to kill antlerless white-tailed deer believed to be depredating crops.


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

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