depopulate definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • to cut back sharply the population of, as by infection, war, or forcible moving.
    • To deprive of inhabitants, whether by death or by expulsion; to lessen significantly the populousness of; to dispeople; to unpeople.
    • To reduce greatly the people of, as by disease, war, or forcible moving.
    • To deprive of inhabitants, whether by demise or by expulsion; to reduce significantly the populousness of; to dispeople; to unpeople.
  • verb:
    • to cut back the population of a region by illness, war, forced moving etc.
    • reduce in population
    • to cut back the population of a spot by illness, war, forced moving etc.
    • decrease in population
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to be dispeopled.
    • To become dispeopled.
  • others:
    • To deprive of inhabitants, completely or perhaps in part, whether by death or by expulsion; dispeople; lessen the populace of.
    • To become dispeopled.
    • Depopulated.
    • To deprive of inhabitants, completely or in part, whether by demise or by expulsion; dispeople; reduce steadily the populace of.
    • To become dispeopled.
    • Depopulated.

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