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depopulate

de·pop·u·late

depopulate

 
pronunciation:
di pap y leIt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: depopulated, depopulates, depopulating
definition: to eliminate or decrease vastly the number of people in (a place), as by eviction, disease, or slaughter.
The plague depopulated Europe in the fourteenth century.
similar words:
desolate
derivations: depopulation (n.), depopulator (n.)
Word Parts
The word depopulate contains the following part:
popul Latin root that means the people