over·​pop·​u·​late | \ ˌō-vər-ˈpä-pyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce overpopulate (audio) \
overpopulated; overpopulating; overpopulates

Definition of overpopulate

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to become overly populous

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Thanos is the ultimate Malthusian, believing that the universe is overpopulated and will eventually run out of resources—precisely what happened to his own home town. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "At last! Marvel finally drops first trailer for Avengers: Endgame," 7 Dec. 2018 Tired of the old-school hoops and baroque pearls overpopulating your Instagram feed? Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Why a Simple Shell Is This Summer’s Must-Have Jewelry," 18 July 2018 Navajo Nation officials warn that feral horses have overpopulated the reservation beyond the ecosystem’s ability to support them and have attempted at least once to forcibly reduce the population. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Volunteers care for Navajo wild horses during drought, despite overpopulation concerns," 13 July 2018 Castine, Maine Maine has some of the last dark spots left on the United States’ overpopulated Eastern Seaboard. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America," 13 July 2018 The 35th District, in contrast, was found to have been overpopulated with Hispanics, depriving them of the opportunity to elect a candidate of their choice in a neighboring district. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "In Racial Gerrymandering Case, Texas Defends Its Legislative Districts," 24 Apr. 2018 The world was overpopulated, had been for about a century and a half. Jason Douglas Louie, The Root, "Birthday Boy," 15 Apr. 2018 At least 15 hotels are still closed and those open are overpopulated with recovery teams. Bryan Llenas | Fox News, Fox News, "Puerto Rico in 'fragile state' six months after Hurricane Maria," 20 Mar. 2018 Buzzy and overpopulated Mexico City may be, but during the days between Palm Sunday and Easter large numbers of its 22 million inhabitants decamp and the city hangs out a vacancy sign. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Food-and-Art Bender in Mexico City," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of overpopulate

1828, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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