re·​pop·​u·​late | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈpä-pyə-ˌlāt How to pronounce repopulate (audio) \
repopulated; repopulating

Definition of repopulate

transitive verb

: 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

Other Words from repopulate

repopulation \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌpä-​pyə-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce repopulate (audio) \ 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Repopulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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