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- (transitive) To empty of people or inhabitants.
- a. 1675, John Milton, Observations on the Articles of Peace; republished in A Complete Collection of the Historical, Political, and Miscellaneous Works of John Milton, […], volume II, Amsterdam [actually London: s.n.], 1698, OCLC 926209975, page 546:
- [...] the poſſeſſion of all thoſe Townes and Countries within thir now Quarters, being little leſs than the Iland, beſides what thir Cruelty hath diſpeopl'd and lay'd waſt.
- Chambers's Etymological Dictionary, 1896, p. 131