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

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
repopulation 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.

Examples of repopulate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the most common arguments against wolf reintroduction was that wolves were already repopulating parts of the state on their own. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 4 Apr. 2024 The accompanying data file showed that nearly 40% of the 174 locations studied had repopulated with more than the number of people initially there. Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times, 7 Mar. 2024 Krekorian said the homeless services authority labeled a 41.18 zone as repopulated even if a single person returned for a single day. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2024 Some areas were previously targeted by Inside Safe and had repopulated, a mayoral aide said. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Yet after each of those encampment operations, streets first targeted by Inside Safe in 2022 — parts of Cahuenga Boulevard, Wilcox Avenue and Franklin — have repopulated. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2024 Erosion had declined from 30 centimeters per year to 10 centimeters per year in areas repopulated by otters, according to Nature News. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 But the Bitterroot ecosystem has always been a place biologists and wildlife managers hypothesized bears would eventually repopulate on their own. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 18 Jan. 2024 Employees also weren’t allowed to wipe out meetings and immediately repopulate them; the company requested workers wait two days before scheduling any new meetings, resulting in two completely meeting-less days. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 22 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1588, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of repopulate was in 1588

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“Repopulate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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