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overpopulate

[oh-ver-pop-yuh-leyt]
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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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overpopulation

noun
  1. the population of an area in too large numbers
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overpopulation

[ō′vər-pŏp′yə-lāshən]
  1. 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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