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verb (used with object), o·ver·pop·u·lat·ed, o·ver·pop·u·lat·ing.
  1. to fill with an excessive number of people, straining available resources and facilities: Expanding industry has overpopulated the western suburbs.
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Origin of overpopulate

First recorded in 1865–70; over- + populate
Related formso·ver·pop·u·la·tion, noun
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Related Words for overpopulated

numerous, crowded, various, populated, jam-packed, full, overflowing, stuffed, overpopulated, crawling, dense, jammed, legion, many, multifarious, multitudinous, occupied, settled, several, teeming

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Historical Examples of overpopulated

  • Of course we don't run at that rate, or Flora would be overpopulated.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • The South of pagodas and palm-trees, the overpopulated Hindu South, was done with.

  • There was a general belief that the country was overpopulated.

    Our Foreigners

    Samuel P. Orth

  • England, with her five or six millions, was not overpopulated by modern standards.

  • Its object is to bring over orphans and children of the poor from the overpopulated Dutch provinces.

British Dictionary definitions for overpopulated


  1. having too many inhabitants for the available space or resources
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