[ oh-ver-pop-yuh-leyt ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈpɒp yəˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), o·ver·pop·u·lat·ed, o·ver·pop·u·lat·ing.

to fill with an excessive number of people, straining available resources and facilities: Expanding industry has overpopulated the western suburbs.

Nearby words

  1. overpeople,
  2. overpersuade,
  3. overpitch,
  4. overplay,
  5. overplus,
  6. overpopulated,
  7. overpopulation,
  8. overpotential,
  9. overpower,
  10. overpowering

Origin of overpopulate

First recorded in 1865–70; over- + populate

Related formso·ver·pop·u·la·tion, noun

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Word Origin and History for over-populate



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper