Definition of depopulate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

depopulate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈpɒpjuleɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈpɑːpjuleɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they depopulate
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈpɒpjuleɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈpɑːpjuleɪt//
 
he / she / it depopulates
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈpɒpjuleɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈpɑːpjuleɪts//
 
past simple depopulated
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈpɒpjuleɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈpɑːpjuleɪtɪd//
 
past participle depopulated
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈpɒpjuleɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈpɑːpjuleɪtɪd//
 
-ing form depopulating
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈpɒpjuleɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈpɑːpjuleɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] depopulate something to reduce the number of people living in a place Whole stretches of land were laid waste and depopulated. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘ravage, lay waste’): from Latin depopulat- ‘ravaged’, from the verb depopulari, from de- ‘completely’ + populari ‘lay waste’ (from populus ‘people’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: depopulate