v. make sterile or unproductive; impoverish, as land; exhaust of fertility.
Doctors are working round the clock to sterilize those who disobeyed the one child policy.
Sentence in Classic:
It really seemed that Sonya did not feel her position trying, and had grown quite reconciled to her lot as a sterile flower.
War and Peace(V6) By Leo Tolstoy Context
They give us, now and then, some of those luxurious sterile emotions that have a certain charm for the weak.
The Picture of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde Context
It was the sterile and rugged district which separates the tributaries of Champlain from those of the Hudson, the Mohawk, and the St.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context
It had been built by an earlier settler, and abandoned, because the soil about it was too sterile for cultivation, while its comparative remoteness put it out of the sphere of that social activity which already marked the habits of the emigrants.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne Context