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English definition of “depopulate”

depopulate

verb [T]     /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.Environmental issuesRubbish and wasteProtection and protectors depopulation     /diːˌpɒp.jʊˈleɪ.ʃən/ US  /-ˌpɑː.pjə-/ noun [U] rural depopulation/depopulation of the rural areasEnvironmental issuesRubbish and wasteProtection and protectors
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