repopulate

verb re·pop·u·late \ (ˌ)rē-ˈpä-pyə-ˌlāt \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of repopulate

repopulated; repopulating
: to populate (something) again
  • As cougars repopulate much of their former range, however, they are also encountering humans more frequently.
  • —William K. Stevens
  • … captive breeding programs are helping to repopulate endangered species.
  • —Mike Capuzzo
  • In modern times it was depopulated when distant city jobs attracted its people, then repopulated by city people.
  • —Jane Jacobs
  • Any new bone-marrow cells can survive and repopulate the recipient's defense apparatus provided the markers on the cell surfaces are the same as those of the donor.
  • —Lewis Thomas

repopulation

play \(ˌ)rē-ˌpä-pyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun
    • The first step is the repopulation of buffalo, the Plains' signature animal.
    • —Edmunds V. Bunkse
    • … even high total doses of radiation … may not be effective in controlling tumors capable of accelerated repopulation, since the rate of cell division may outpace that of cell loss stemming from treatment.
    • —Allen S. Lichter et al.

First Known Use of repopulate

1588

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