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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Boston, with its massive Irish population, held the first parade in 1737, with New York City following suit 25 years later. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "Here's the Real History of St Patrick's Day," 15 Mar. 2019 California has 737 inmates on death row, more than any other state and about 25% of the national population. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "California Governor to Order Halt of Executions," 12 Mar. 2019 That equates to roughly one-third of the British population at the time. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The True Story of Prince Albert's Great Exhibition," 4 Mar. 2019 By 2025, half of the U.S. population will be under the age of 17, making Alpha and the slightly-older Generation Z a major force to be reckoned with in the beauty space. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West, Age Five, Stars On Her First Solo Magazine Cover," 22 Feb. 2019 The combined result is that the size of the undocumented immigrant population is falling, driven almost entirely by a million fewer undocumented Mexican nationals living in the United States. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The shutdown is intractable because Trump’s wall is ridiculous and Republicans know it," 8 Jan. 2019 Spring Lauren Beukes next book is set in a near-future America that has dealt with an epidemic that wiped out most of the male population. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books we’re looking forward to in 2019," 30 Dec. 2018 This spectacular freshwater wetland is the habitat of the largest population of wildlife in the Americas. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 World of Warships has already added crossover play with Japanese anime show High School Fleet and steampunk-style ships in hopes of adding to the population. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 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 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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