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Deplete  v. t.  (past & past part. depleted; pres. part. depleting)  
(Med.) To empty or unload, as the vessels of human system, by bloodletting or by medicine.
To reduce by destroying or consuming the vital powers of; to exhaust, as a country of its strength or resources, a treasury of money, etc.

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"Deplete" Quotes from Famous Books

... and perhaps later tales like Eugene Aram, and the ophidian medicated novel, Elsie Venner, etc., on the principle of the Aristotelian catharsis to arouse betimes the higher faculties which develop later, and whose function it is to deplete the bad centers and suppress or inhibit their activity. Again, I believe that judicious and incisive scolding is a moral tonic, which is often greatly needed, and if rightly administered would be ...
— Youth: Its Education, Regimen, and Hygiene • G. Stanley Hall

... Spanish colonies and those established by the Portuguese in India and the Eastern archipelago, and China. The continuance of this trade would, they think, ruin the prosperity of the settlements in India, and greatly injure the commerce of Spain, and deplete that country and her colonies of their coin. At Salazar's petition, he receives from the king (April 12, 1590) a grant of money toward the payment of debts incurred by him in procuring the rebuilding of Manila in stone. On June ...
— The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, V7, 1588-1591 • Emma Helen Blair

Words linked to "Deplete" :   run out, consume, run through, spend, luxuriate, burn off, tire, indulge, sap, run down, use up, wipe out, burn up, eat up, play out, depletion, take, drain

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