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de·fo·li·ate

 (dē-fō′lē-āt′)
v. de·fo·li·at·ed, de·fo·li·at·ing, de·fo·li·ates
v.tr.
1. To deprive (a plant or a vegetated area, for example) of leaves.
2. To cause the leaves of (a plant or plants) to fall off, especially by the use of chemicals.
v.intr.
To lose foliage.

[Late Latin dēfoliāre, dēfoliāt- : Latin dē-, de- + Latin folium, leaf; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

de·fo′li·ate (-ĭt) adj.
de·fo′li·a′tion n.
de·fo′li·a′tor n.

defoliate

vb
1. (Botany) to deprive (a plant) of its leaves, as by the use of a herbicide, or (of a plant) to shed its leaves
2. (Chemistry) to deprive (a plant) of its leaves, as by the use of a herbicide, or (of a plant) to shed its leaves
adj
(Botany) (of a plant) having shed its leaves
[C18: from Medieval Latin dēfoliāre, from Latin de- + folium leaf]
deˌfoliˈation n
deˈfoliˌator n

de•fo•li•ate

(diˈfoʊ liˌeɪt)

v. -at•ed, -at•ing. v.t.
1. to strip (trees, etc.) of leaves.
2. to cause widespread loss of leaves in (an area of jungle, forest, etc.), as to deprive an enemy of concealment.
v.i.
3. to lose leaves.
[1785–1795; < Medieval Latin dēfoliātus, past participle of dēfoliāre= Latin dē- de- + -foliāre, v. derivative of folium leaf]
de•fo`li•a′tion, n.
de•fo′li•a`tor, n.

defoliate


Past participle: defoliated
Gerund: defoliating

Imperative
defoliate
defoliate
Present
I defoliate
you defoliate
he/she/it defoliates
we defoliate
you defoliate
they defoliate
Preterite
I defoliated
you defoliated
he/she/it defoliated
we defoliated
you defoliated
they defoliated
Present Continuous
I am defoliating
you are defoliating
he/she/it is defoliating
we are defoliating
you are defoliating
they are defoliating
Present Perfect
I have defoliated
you have defoliated
he/she/it has defoliated
we have defoliated
you have defoliated
they have defoliated
Past Continuous
I was defoliating
you were defoliating
he/she/it was defoliating
we were defoliating
you were defoliating
they were defoliating
Past Perfect
I had defoliated
you had defoliated
he/she/it had defoliated
we had defoliated
you had defoliated
they had defoliated
Future
I will defoliate
you will defoliate
he/she/it will defoliate
we will defoliate
you will defoliate
they will defoliate
Future Perfect
I will have defoliated
you will have defoliated
he/she/it will have defoliated
we will have defoliated
you will have defoliated
they will have defoliated
Future Continuous
I will be defoliating
you will be defoliating
he/she/it will be defoliating
we will be defoliating
you will be defoliating
they will be defoliating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been defoliating
you have been defoliating
he/she/it has been defoliating
we have been defoliating
you have been defoliating
they have been defoliating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been defoliating
you will have been defoliating
he/she/it will have been defoliating
we will have been defoliating
you will have been defoliating
they will have been defoliating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been defoliating
you had been defoliating
he/she/it had been defoliating
we had been defoliating
you had been defoliating
they had been defoliating
Conditional
I would defoliate
you would defoliate
he/she/it would defoliate
we would defoliate
you would defoliate
they would defoliate
Past Conditional
I would have defoliated
you would have defoliated
he/she/it would have defoliated
we would have defoliated
you would have defoliated
they would have defoliated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.defoliate - strip the leaves or branches from; "defoliate the trees with pesticides"
denudate, denude, bare, strip - lay bare; "denude a forest"
Adj.1.defoliate - deprived of leaves
leafless - having no leaves
Translations

defoliate

[diːˈfəʊlɪeɪt] VTdefoliar

defoliate

[diːˈfəʊlieɪt] vt [+ area] → défolier

defoliate

defoliate

[diːˈfəʊlɪeɪt] vtdistruggere con il defogliante
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