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  • to ransack or plunder (transitive)
  • to engage in plundering (intransitive)
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



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.

Dep"re*date, v. i. To take plunder or prey; to commit waste; as, the troops depredated on the country.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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