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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.

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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!
    – JotHa
    Commented May 4, 2018 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⟩ >> Commented May 4, 2018 at 15:33
  • Would anyone know a word then that means deplete, but without the endangering element to it?
    – JotHa
    Commented May 6, 2018 at 21:49

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