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 for depopulate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Depopulate \De*pop"u*late\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Depopulated;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Depopulating.] [L. depopulatus, p. p. of
     depopulari to ravage; de- + populari to ravage, fr. populus
     people: cf. OF. depopuler, F. d['e]peupler. See People.]
     To deprive of inhabitants, whether by death or by expulsion;
     to reduce greatly the populousness of; to dispeople; to
     unpeople.
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           Where is this viper,
           That would depopulate the city?          --Shak.
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     Note: It is not synonymous with laying waste or destroying,
           being limited to the loss of inhabitants; as, an army
           or a famine may depopulate a country. It rarely
           expresses an entire loss of inhabitants, but often a
           great diminution of their numbers; as, the deluge
           depopulated the earth.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Depopulate \De*pop"u*late\, v. i.
     To become dispeopled. [R.]
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           Whether the country be depopulating or not.
                                                    --Goldsmith.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  depopulate
      v 1: reduce in population; "The epidemic depopulated the
           countryside" [syn: depopulate, desolate]

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