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English Dictionary: depopulate by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. reduce in population; "The epidemic depopulated the countryside"
    Synonym(s): depopulate, desolate
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Depopulate \De*pop"u*late\, v. i.
      To become dispeopled. [R.]
               Whether the country be depopulating or not.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Depopulate \De*pop"u*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Depopulated};
      p. pr. & vb. n. {Depopulating}.] [L. depopulatus, p. p. of
      depopulari to ravage; de- + populari to ravage, fr. populus
      people: cf. OF. depopuler, F. d[82]peupler. See {People}.]
      To deprive of inhabitants, whether by death or by expulsion;
      to reduce greatly the populousness of; to dispeople; to
               Where is this viper, That would depopulate the city?
      Note: It is not synonymous with laying waste or destroying,
               being limited to the loss of inhabitants; as, an army
               or a famine may depopulate a country. It rarely
               expresses an entire loss of inhabitants, but often a
               great diminution of their numbers; as, the deluge
               depopulated the earth.
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