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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Recent Examples on the Web When only a single wolf pair remained in 2018, a multiyear relocation plan began to restore the population, helping keep moose numbers in check and boosting the resiliency of the entire ecosystem. Melissa Findley, National Geographic, "Destinations on the rise for 2021," 20 Nov. 2020 Fauci said that recent progress on vaccines meant that front-line health workers could get the first doses by the end of December, or early January, with the general population following from April through July. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: November 19, 2020," 19 Nov. 2020 Reflecting the population of Boca Raton, the little Salvation Army pantry also had matzo ball soup mix. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Little Free Pantries fill hungry tummies, no questions asked," 19 Nov. 2020 Health officials have indicated clearly that vaccines will be distributed to states based on a simple population formula. Noam N. Levey Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Who will get the first COVID vaccines? California and other states race to decide," 19 Nov. 2020 Maryland's Big Ten test positivity test rate is currently 2.8%, but the population positivity rate is 14.9%, nearly twice the rate at which the Big Ten stops practice and competition. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football game at Maryland canceled due to Terps' COVID-19 issues," 19 Nov. 2020 However, there will not be enough doses to fully vaccinate that population until February or March. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "National Institutes of Health director says all will have access to vaccine in July," 19 Nov. 2020 In all, the school now has 16 outdoor learning areas that can accommodate about half of the school’s population at one time, and all classes rotate to them. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Nov. 19," 19 Nov. 2020 The two-dose regimen required for the leading vaccine candidates mean that about 15 billion doses could be required to inoculate the global population. James Paton, Fortune, "Oxford says COVID-19 vaccine has produced strong immune response ahead of late-stage trial results," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of population was in 1612

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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Population.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/population. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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population

noun
How to pronounce population (audio)

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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