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Meaning of DEPREDATE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dep"re*date\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Depredated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Depredating}.] [L. depraedatus, p. p. of
    depraedari to plunder; de- + praedari to plunder, praeda
    plunder, prey. See {Prey}.]
    To subject to plunder and pillage; to despoil; to lay waste;
    to prey upon.
          It makes the substance of the body . . . less apt to be
          consumed and depredated by the spirits.  --Bacon.
  2. \Dep"re*date\, v. i.
    To take plunder or prey; to commit waste; as, the troops
    depredated on the country.
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