populate

verb pop·u·late \ ˈpä-pyə-ˌlāt \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of populate

populated; populating
transitive verb
1 :to have a place in :occupy, inhabit
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.

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Origin and Etymology of populate

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

populate Synonyms

Synonyms
colonize, people, settle
Antonyms
depopulate, unpeople
Related Words
inhabit; move (to), relocate (to)

POPULATE Defined for English Language Learners

populate

verb

Definition of populate for English Language Learners

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


POPULATE Defined for Kids

populate

verb pop·u·late \ ˈpä-pyə-ˌlāt \

Definition of populate for Students

populated; populating
1 :to live in :inhabit
2 to provide with inhabitants


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