population

noun
pop·u·la·tion | \ ˌpä-pyə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of population 

1a : the whole number of people or inhabitants in a country or region

b : the total of individuals occupying an area or making up a whole

c : the total of particles at a particular energy level used especially of atoms in a laser

2 : the act or process of populating

3a : a body of persons or individuals having a quality or characteristic in common

b(1) : the organisms inhabiting a particular locality

(2) : a group of interbreeding organisms that represents the level of organization at which speciation begins

4 : a group of individual persons, objects, or items from which samples are taken for statistical measurement

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Other words from population

populational \ˌpä-pyə-ˈlā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of population in a Sentence

The world's population has increased greatly. The city has experienced an increase in population. There has been a sharp reduction in the bat population in this region. the rural population of America
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Key factors driving the state’s growth that can be seen in Metro Orlando’s economy include low unemployment, population growth and tourism. Bill Zimmerman, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida's GDP hits $1 trillion mark: As a country, it'd rank 17th in world," 13 July 2018 Across California, less expensive regions like the Inland Empire, Sacramento area and San Joaquin Valley are seeing greater population growth. Roland Li, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area economy growing nearly twice as fast as rest of U.S.," 10 July 2018 Construction of homes in the Harris Ranch area of Southeast Boise boomed as the economy recovered from the 2008 recession, contributing to the city's recent population growth. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Stuck in traffic jams, asking who's to blame? The answer depends on who you ask.," 9 July 2018 Gig Harbor faces a growth challenge as a six-month moratorium on the construction of residential buildings is about to expire; the city’s population growth outstrips even that of Seattle. Danielle Chastaine, The Seattle Times, "Gig Harbor ponders next moves as residential-development moratorium nears end," 8 July 2018 Ravin said demand will balance out supply over the long term in fast-growing cities like Charlotte, as population growth brings more renters. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Boom to bust? Charlotte's at risk of building too many apartments, new study says," 6 July 2018 Strong job and population growth are driving the demand. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Grocery stores are filling Houston’s new and old spaces," 5 July 2018 Florida’s leaders must harness the potential that diversity and population growth will bring to the state. miamiherald, "Leigh-Ann Buchanan," 30 June 2018 Last month, figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau showed that San Antonio saw the largest population growth in the country — 24,208 residents — between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017. John Tedesco, San Antonio Express-News, "City says developer who clear cut trees was following rules," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of population

1612, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for population

Late Latin population-, populatio, from Latin populus

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population

noun

English Language Learners Definition of population

: the number of people who live in a place

: a group of people or animals of a particular kind that live in a place

population

noun
pop·u·la·tion | \ ˌpä-pyə-ˈlā-shən \

Kids Definition of population

1 : the whole number of people living in a country, city, or area

2 : a group of people or animals living in a certain place the deer population

population

noun
pop·u·la·tion | \ ˌpäp-yə-ˈlā-shən \

Medical Definition of population 

1 : the whole number of people or inhabitants in a country or region

2a : a body of persons or individuals having a quality or characteristic in common

b(1) : the organisms inhabiting a particular locality

(2) : a group of interbreeding organisms that represents the level of organization at which speciation begins

3 : a group of individual persons, objects, or items from which samples are taken for statistical measurement

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