Is there any verb to use that means "to create a shortage" or "to make scarce". Scarcify? Shorten? They sound weird and I would be surprised if there was not a word for this. Was unable to find anything until now.


Deplete, the meanings of which, according to the OED, include "to reduce the fullness of, to deprive of contents or supplies"

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    This is perfect! – user9504090 May 4 '18 at 14:32
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    M-W gives a usage note highlighting the 'reduction to a parlous degree' implication: << deplete, drain, exhaust, impoverish, bankrupt mean to deprive of something essential to existence or potency. deplete implies a reduction in number or quantity so as to endanger the ability to function. ⟨depleting our natural resources⟩ >> – Edwin Ashworth May 4 '18 at 15:33
  • Would anyone know a word then that means deplete, but without the endangering element to it? – user9504090 May 6 '18 at 21:49

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