deplete meaning

[ di'pli:t ] Pronunciation:   "deplete" in a sentence
  • Verb: deplete  di'pleet
    1. Use up (resources or materials)
      - consume, eat up, use up, eat, exhaust, run through, wipe out

    Derived forms: depleting, depletes, depleted

    See also: depletion

    Type of: drop, expend, spend

    Encyclopedia: Deplete

  • [Business]
    verb [+ obj] (usually be depleted)

    to reduce sth by a large amount so that there is not enough left:

    Production has fallen and stocks have become severely depleted.

    Their cash is being depleted by spending on investments and unprofitable trading.

    A rights issue would shore up our depleted capital base.

    We cannot afford to see our reserves further depleted.

    depletion // noun [U]:

    stock depletion

    the depletion of international reserves

    Banks are struggling to keep their capital from further depletion.

    Overfishing has led to a serious depletion of cod, haddock and whiting.

  • [Medicine]
    vt de·plet·ed; de·plet·ing : to empty (as the blood vessels) of a principal substance ‹a body depleted by excessive blood loss› ‹tissues depleted of vitamins›


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  1. the luncheon table showed a depleted circle.
  2. these components are depleted.
  3. thereupon this phrase in the preamble was depleted.
  4. the density of carriers in the region has been depleted.
  5. hydrogen might be depleted with some of it turning into helium.

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