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populate

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verb pop·u·late \ˈpä-pyə-ˌlāt\

Simple Definition of populate

  • : to live in (a country, city, area, etc.) : to make up the population of (a place)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of populate

populated

populating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to have a place in :  occupy, inhabit

  3. 2 a :  to furnish or provide with inhabitants :  people b :  to provide with members

Examples of populate in a sentence

  1. Immigrants began to populate the area in the late 19th century.

  2. Strange creatures populate the ocean depths.



Origin and Etymology of populate

Medieval Latin populatus, past participle of populare to people, from Latin populus people


First Known Use: 1578


POPULATE Defined for Kids

populate

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verb pop·u·late \ˈpä-pyə-ˌlāt\

Definition of populate for Students

populated

populating

  1. 1 :  to live in :  inhabit

  2. 2 to provide with inhabitants





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