populate

verb
pop·​u·​late | \ ˈpä-pyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce populate (audio) \
populated; populating

Definition of populate

transitive verb

1 : to have a place in : occupy, inhabit
2a : to furnish or provide with inhabitants : people
b : to provide with members

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Synonyms & Antonyms for populate

Synonyms

colonize, people, settle

Antonyms

depopulate, unpeople

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Examples of populate in a Sentence

Immigrants began to populate the area in the late 19th century. Strange creatures populate the ocean depths.

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Gunfire isn’t hiding its Dark Souls influences in the slightest, but is focused more on replayability—procedurally generated levels, tons of secrets, lots of different bosses and enemies to populate the world. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Watch the biggest reveals from E3 2019's PC Gaming Show," 10 June 2019 There's enough talent at Alabama and Clemson alone to populate a majority of the list of the top receiving talent — the two powers have at least five contenders for a spot among the nation's best. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "The 10 best college football wide receivers and five best tight ends for the 2019," 12 May 2019 To compensate, the film academy has apparently sought to populate the telecast with starry presenters. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Screen Actors Guild slams film academy for Oscar tactics," 15 Jan. 2019 And, really, that would be a much better way to populate the airwaves at the end of the year than just trotting out an endless onslaught of reruns and burnoffs. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Why more TV shows should do year-end Christmas specials," 23 Dec. 2018 The Brazilian makeup artist turned social media star has enough followers on Instagram alone to populate her own small country. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "Camila Coelho Talks Lipstick, 'Chicken Nails,' and What Brazilian Girls Do Best," 7 Sep. 2018 There weren’t many black people in the city back then — his grandfather was jokingly hailed as the first, Jimmie says — until the thousands of Japanese Americans who once populated the Fillmore were sent to internment camps during World War II. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Last Black Man in San Francisco’ a gorgeous, moving ode to a city in flux," 20 June 2019 The complacent bros who populate Katherine’s writers’ room – headed by a monologue writer named Tom (Reid Scott) – live in a post-Harvard Lampoon playpen of self-amused pomposity and entitlement. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Review: Thompson, Kaling drive ‘Late Night’ with brilliant chemistry," 14 June 2019 The complacent bros who populate Katherine’s writers’ room — headed by a monologue writer named Tom (Reid Scott) — live in a post-Harvard Lampoon playpen of self-amused pomposity and entitlement. Ann Hornaday, Twin Cities, "In ‘Late Night,’ Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling deliver wit and surprising sweetness," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of populate

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for populate

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

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The first known use of populate was in 1578

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populate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of populate

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

populate

verb
pop·​u·​late | \ ˈpä-pyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce populate (audio) \
populated; populating

Kids Definition of populate

1 : to live in : inhabit
2 to provide with inhabitants

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