- to inhabit; live in; be the inhabitants of.
- to furnish with inhabitants, as by colonization; people.
Origin of populate
Examples from the Web for populated
Our American tendency to see the world as populated by like-minded souls is never productive.Does Obama Remember He's President?
September 8, 2014
Nigeria, the most populated country in Africa, has shut down and quarantined the hospital in Lagos where the man died.CDC Calls Ebola Outbreak ‘Forest Fire’
July 28, 2014
Once upon a time, the GOP was populated by theologically moderate Episcopalians and Presbyterians.Sam’s Club Republicans Vs. the Tea Party
October 29, 2013
Sleepy Hollow is populated by a bunch of lovable, strange heroes.‘Sleepy Hollow’ Is TV’s Craziest, Most Over-the-Top New Show ... And You Should Watch It
October 8, 2013
Dagestan, the biggest and most populated republic of the North Caucasus, is a place where insurgents often strike.The Threat Against the Olympics
September 18, 2013
It has populated the mountains and the plains of our own country.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Third, some escapees from Ardu reached and populated the world Ardry.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
Their world is not populated by men and women, but by a Unity that is Permanent.A Preface to Politics
On the frontiers, counties were organized and populated in a season.Aladdin & Co.
He came not only after God was active, but after men and beasts had populated the world.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
- (often passive) to live in; inhabit
- to provide a population for; colonize or people
Word Origin and History for populated
1610s, from Medieval Latin populatus, past participle of populare "inhabit, to people," from Latin populus "inhabitants, people, nation" (see people (n.)). Related: Populated; populating.