- Verb: deplete di'pleet
Derived forms: depleting, depletes, depleted
See also: depletion
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]:
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.
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
- deplete sth of sth: [American slang]to ...
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- the luncheon table showed a depleted circle.
- these components are depleted.
- thereupon this phrase in the preamble was depleted.
- the density of carriers in the region has been depleted.
- hydrogen might be depleted with some of it turning into helium.