- to fill with an excessive number of people, straining available resources and facilities: Expanding industry has overpopulated the western suburbs.
Origin of overpopulate
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Examples from the Web for overpopulation
Overpopulation is the single most important public health problem in the world.
Fortunately, though, overpopulation has a remedy: birth control.
He harangues people about overpopulation, SUVs, and carbon emissions.Things Jonathan Franzen Says Are Bad for Society: Kakutani, Facebook
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Overpopulation had long since ceased to be a problem—the atomic wars had seen to that.It's All Yours
Overpopulation of England, colonization and the belief in, 67, 138.Beginnings of the American People
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Albertsville was a nice town, too young for slums, too new for overpopulation.The Lani People
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Many parts of the country are suffering from overpopulation.The Siberian Overland Route from Peking to Petersburg,
A much greater danger, according to Dr. Reed, is overpopulation.
- the population of an area in too large numbers
- The population of an environment by a particular species in excess of the environment's carrying capacity. The effects of overpopulation can include the depletion of resources, environmental deterioration, and the prevalence of famine and disease.
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