Another boon at Half Price Books. I found Merriam-Webster’s Vocabulary Builder for under three bucks! This book gives me another tool to explain the words I share.
Deplete explained: “To reduce in amount by using up.
The de– prefix often means ‘do the opposite of,’ so deplete means the opposite of ‘fill.’ It can mean merely a lessening in amount; thus, food supplies can be rapidly depleted by hungry teenagers in the house. However, deplete usually suggests a reduction that endangers the ability to function. Desertions can deplete an army; layoffs can deplete an office staff; and too much exercise without rest can deplete a body’s strength.”
–Merriam-Webster’s Vocabulary Builder, 1998