depredate

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Late Latin depraedari, depraedat-: Latin de- + praedari (to plunder).

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depredate (third-person singular simple present depredates, present participle depredating, simple past and past participle depredated)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To ransack or plunder; to prey upon.
    • 1631, Francis [Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], OCLC 1044372886:
      It makes the substance of the body [] less apt to be consumed and depredated by the spirits.

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depredate

  1. second-person plural present and imperative of depredare