V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to lessen in quantity, content, or value; 2. to use up or empty

Synonyms: lessen, reduce, drain, exhaust, evacuate, empty, consume, expend

Antonyms: augment, enhance, increase, expand, fill

Tips: Deplete comes from the Latin word deplere, "to empty out" (literally, "to un-fill"). Its basic sense is that something is lessened, but it can mean either "lessened completely"--used up, like "depleted uranium," which no longer possesses useful properties--or "lessened somewhat"--partly used up.

Usage Examples:

We must be careful not to deplete our food supply too soon; there is only enough food for two days, and we could be stuck on this mountain much longer. (consume, expend)

The 50-page report was severely depleted after John removed his 30-page contribution. (reduced) adjective

All of my energy reserves were depleted when I ran the marathon. (exhausted, drained)

This vacation will deplete most of our savings, but I think it's worth it. (consume, expend)

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