depopulate depopulate  /di ˈpɑp jə ˌleɪt/


  • (v) reduce in population


  1. In the current conflict, they've used similar tactics to depopulate much of eastern Kosovo in a bid to flush out the Kosovo Liberation Army.
  2. A bomb exploded, for instance, over a Polish air base would be less likely to depopulate Berlin.
  3. War is the science of how best to depopulate the earth.


  1. "I need a dirty dozen," Commissioner Donelon said to the group. "I need a dozen of you to come into Louisiana and write one percent of our homeowners and commercial property coverages, as 20 do already. That will allow us to depopulate the LA...
    on Jan 31, 2007 By: Jim Donelon Source: All American Patriots (press release)

  2. Austin said that if that trend was not reversed, "we're going to completely depopulate our rural areas."
    on Oct 14, 2008 By: Robin Austin Source: Terrace Standard

  3. "For those four farm families whose herds must be depopulated, the economic threat of this situation is imminent," Coleman said. "The longer these families must wait for funds to depopulate their herd and compensate them for their loss, the...
    on Mar 17, 2008 By: Norm Coleman Source: Grand Forks Herald

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