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Definition use up (resources or materials)
  • The poorer a country's people are, the greater the temptation to deplete the country's forests and fisheries.
deplete = use up (resources or materials)
  • Our bottles and skin are fairly full, but with two drinking and this hot sun it won't take long to deplete them.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • deplete = use up
  • It had become, in a very real way, a wealthy home, even though Morrie's bank account was rapidly depleting.
    Mitch Albom  --  Tuesdays with Morrie
  • depleting = being used up
  • We're coated in flowers but our sacks are nearly depleted.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • This had depleted the treasury, but never mind, she could manage the reception herself right here at Marydell Road.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • Siri accepted her depleted cup without commenting.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Let's blame the Cold War and the hostage situation in Iran and the depletion of the ozone layer on Kemp.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • The blessing of Mars faded, leaving him depleted.
    Rick Riordan  --  The House of Hades
  • A race of aliens that depleted their planet's resources in the quest for advancement, now doing the same thing here.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • We've had that individual Quality in the past, exploited it as a natural resource without knowing it, and now it's just about depleted.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • All we're really doing is depleting our small cache of food and waiting for...what?
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Cullivan, in appearance a cautious bank clerk with depleted hair and a face rather difficult to recall, agreed that outwardly he hadn't changed much.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • We were depleted—emotionally, and by the numbers of those we'd lost—but grateful to be alive.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • By the time the depleted regiment had again reached the first open space they were receiving a fast and merciless fire.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Bernard and Goretti grew bananas, cassava, potatoes, and beans on a depleted half-acre plot, but they barely earned enough to survive.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Depleted and alone in the fountain, Langdon half-expected to collapse.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • It was very often used in armor-piercing ammunition, particularly when the material of choice, depleted uranium, wasn't available.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • We were sorely depleted already in trades of all kinds.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Virgie worked for the very people that were out depleting the woods, Mr. Nesbitt's company.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • There was problem after prob-lem to overcome, not least of which was that their store of Polyjuice Potion was greatly depleted.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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