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[oh-ver-pop-yuh-leyt] /ˌoʊ vərˈpɒp yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), overpopulated, overpopulating.
to fill with an excessive number of people, straining available resources and facilities:
Expanding industry has overpopulated the western suburbs.
Origin of overpopulate
First recorded in 1865-70; over- + populate
Related forms
overpopulation, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I don't believe in Malthus or any talk about over-population.

    Shining Ferry

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • There is no fear of over-population; if there is any present danger, it is upon the other side.

    Liberalism L. T. Hobhouse
  • We find evidences of over-population in every old country of the world.

    A Few Words About the Devil Charles Bradlaugh
  • I am no believer in Malthusianism as a check to what is called 'over-population.'

    The Drunkard

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • There is less poverty simply because poverty is synonymous with over-population.

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • They claim that we are threatened with "over-population;" aye, that the danger is upon us.

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • over-population will breed sorrow and sickness and want and despair all the same.

    Pictures of Canadian Life J. Ewing Ritchie
  • over-population, famine, tribute, it was no wonder that the people were so poor.

    The King's Cup-Bearer Amy Catherine Walton
Word Origin and History for over-population

"over-populousness," 1807, from over- + population. Malthus (1798) had over-populousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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