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overpopulate

[oh-ver-pop-yuh-leyt] /ˌoʊ vərˈpɒp yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), overpopulated, overpopulating.
1.
to fill with an excessive number of people, straining available resources and facilities:
Expanding industry has overpopulated the western suburbs.
Origin of overpopulate
1865-1870
1865-70; over- + populate
Related forms
overpopulation, noun
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Word Origin and History for over-populate
v.

also overpopulate, "to overrun with too many people," 1828 (implied in overpopulated), from over- + populate (v.). Related: Overpopulating. Over-populous "over-populated" is attested from 1670s.

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