overpopulate

verb over·pop·u·late \ ˌō-vər-ˈpä-pyə-ˌlāt \
|Updated on: 19 Jul 2018

Definition of overpopulate

: to populate too densely : furnish or provide with more than the environment or market will bear
: to become overly populous

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1828

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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