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

Other Words from population

populational \ ˌpä-​pyə-​ˈlā-​shnəl How to pronounce population (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
Recent Examples on the Web In several episodes, Anthony worked with state wildlife biologists in Maine to enter bear dens and tag bears with tracking devices, ostensibly to help researchers monitor the population. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2022 Only tiny Tuvalu, with a population around 12,000, has escaped the virus so far, while a few other nations – Nauru, Micronesia and Marshall Islands – have stopped cases at their borders and avoided community outbreaks. Kim Tong-hyung And Hyung-jin Kim, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 When the Legislature passed the Bear River Development Act in 1991, lawmakers believed Utah’s booming population would need all that storage by 2015. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 May 2022 However, this month, the official death toll is expected to hit the dark milestone -- equivalent to the population of San Jose, California, being wiped off the map. Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 12 May 2022 And while that might not be a surprise given nearly 4.5 million of Arizona’s roughly 7 million population reside in Maricopa County, the state’s pedestrian fatality rate exceeds the vast majority of the country. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 12 May 2022 In normal years, only two out of 600 or 700 eggs in an egg mass will survive — essentially replacing the existing population. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2022 Still, despite more than 65% of the world’s population receiving at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, fewer than 16% of people in poor countries have been immunized. Zeke Miller And Maria Cheng, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2022 The population of Carrollton Ridge has fallen 36% over the past decade to about 2,300 people, and more than one-third of housing units are unoccupied, according to 2020 census data. Lee O. Sanderlin, Baltimore Sun, 11 May 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Population.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/population. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for population

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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