population

noun
pop·​u·​la·​tion | \ ˌpä-pyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce population (audio) \

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 How to pronounce populational (audio) , -​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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Alternately, United’s Newark flight is probably safe, because of the sizable Cuban American population in New Jersey, as are the many flights departing from Florida. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "What the new Cuba travel restrictions mean for tourists," 6 June 2019 In 1945, the United States, home to roughly 7 percent of the world’s population, produced more than one-third of the global economy. David Von Drehle, Twin Cities, "David Von Drehle: Everyone acts like America is in decline. Let’s look at the numbers.," 6 June 2019 The Meyer research still makes clear that there’s a struggling population in real material hardship that the current American safety net is not adequately addressing. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "How many Americans live on $2 a day? The biggest debate in poverty research, explained.," 5 June 2019 In 1945, the United States, home to roughly 7 percent of the world’s population, produced more than one-third of the global economy. David Von Drehle, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: United States lifted the world without losing ground," 5 June 2019 Now, with 11 days remaining, the fight has increased in intensity, as one-bedroom rents in the city have hit an all-time high at a time when New York has the largest homeless population in the country. New York Times, "Rent Laws: Dozens Arrested at State Capitol as Debate Escalates," 4 June 2019 The Bay Area News Group reported last month that the homeless population in Santa Clara County grew to 9,706 from last year, a 31 percent jump from 2017. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Don’t give up on efforts to house the homeless," 4 June 2019 The first night of the Stonewall uprising united a divergent gay population in the city, Boyce says, and led to four more nights of violence and the birth of activism. Susan Miller, USA TODAY, "Stonewall Forever: 50 years later, digital monument debuts. LGBTQ activists say it couldn't be more timely.," 4 June 2019 To their surprise, the scientists found that most of the Hawaiian plants could be traced back to a single population of Macadamia trees on private land in Mooloo, a locality in Queensland’s Gympie Region. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Most of the World’s Macadamias May Have Originated From a Single Australian Tree," 4 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce population (audio) \

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 How to pronounce population (audio) \

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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