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English definition of “depopulate”

depopulate

verb [T] uk   /ˌdiːˈpɒp.jʊ.leɪt/ us    /-ˈpɑː.pjə-/
to cause a country or area to have fewer people living in it: The region was depopulated by disease/famine/war.
depopulation
noun [U] uk   /diːˌpɒp.jʊˈleɪ.ʃən/ us    /-ˌpɑː.pjə-/
rural depopulation/depopulation of the rural areas
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