- to inhabit; live in; be the inhabitants of.
- to furnish with inhabitants, as by colonization; people.
Origin of populate
Examples from the Web for populate
Her Facebook photos could populate a tame “girls with guns” style calendar.Open-Carry Militia Mom ‘Murders’ Family
December 16, 2014
There, abandoned “ghost towns” populate the prairie fields and deserts, serving as a reminder of a not-so-distant past.The Ghost Towns of Arizona Live On
July 10, 2014
For the truly massive companies that populate the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the percentage is even higher.Don’t Credit Obama with the Stock Boom, Credit the Fed and the International Economy
November 13, 2013
The SUVs, coupes, and sedans that populate dealer showrooms are much greener than their antecedents.Farewell to the Gas Station: The Demise of a Car-Culture Icon
May 5, 2013
If few or no results are found for a query, results from Bing, Microsoft's search engine, will populate the page.It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s ... Facebook
January 15, 2013
This certainly is a new method to populate our colonies with capitalists.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
And this is our life—to pursue the Type, to populate the world with it.Natural Law in the Spiritual World
Arabs populate the land and are clamorous in their demands for coins from travelers.
We have to populate the earth, and to carry the blessings of our Kultur all over the world.Private Sex Advice to Women
R. B. Armitage
The Quaker baby, and the lady "with whom you might give an assembly or populate a parish," are instances in point.Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860
- (often passive) to live in; inhabit
- to provide a population for; colonize or people
Word Origin and History for populate
1610s, from Medieval Latin populatus, past participle of populare "inhabit, to people," from Latin populus "inhabitants, people, nation" (see people (n.)). Related: Populated; populating.