List of 426 Sets of Synonyms - How they Differ - Total of 2307 Words - 110

SYNONYMS: deplete, drain, exhaust, impoverish, enervate.
These verbs all mean to weaken severely by removing something essential.

Deplete refers to using up gradually and only hints at harmful consequences: I always replenish my food supply before it is depleted.
Drain suggests reduction by gradual drawing off and is stronger in implying harm: War often drains a nation's economy.
Exhaust stresses reduction to a point of no further usefulness: The resources were not yet exhausted.
Impoverish refers to severe reduction of resources or qualities essential to adequate functioning: His extravagance has impoverished the entire family.
Enervate refers to weakening or destruction of vitality or strength: Idleness enervates the will to succeed.

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