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

    Woman under socialism August Bebel
  • There is no fear of over-population; if there is any present danger, it is upon the other side.

    Liberalism L. T. Hobhouse
  • But there is not one solution which will not apply quite as well to the evils of over-population as to any other evil.

  • We find evidences of over-population in every old country of the world.

    A Few Words About the Devil Charles Bradlaugh
  • The first prime cause of over-population in India, he asserts, is early marriage.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • I am no believer in Malthusianism as a check to what is called 'over-population.'

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Yet there are other ways of meeting this over-population beside the crude method of war.

  • 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
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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