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Date: 1800-1900
Language: Latin
Origin: depletus, past participle of deplere, from plere 'to fill'

deplete

verb
     
de‧plete [transitive usually passive]
to reduce the amount of something that is present or available:
Salmon populations have been severely depleted.
depletion noun [uncountable]
the depletion of the ozone layer

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