populate

[ pop-yuh-leyt ]
/ ˈpɒp yəˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), pop·u·lat·ed, pop·u·lat·ing.

to inhabit; live in; be the inhabitants of.
to furnish with inhabitants, as by colonization; people.

Origin of populate

1570–80; < Medieval Latin populātus, past participle of populāre to inhabit. See people, -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for repopulate (1 of 2)

repopulate
/ (riːˈpɒpjʊˌleɪt) /

verb (tr)

to provide a new population for (an area in which the population has declined)

British Dictionary definitions for repopulate (2 of 2)

populate
/ (ˈpɒpjʊˌleɪt) /

verb (tr)

(often passive) to live in; inhabit
to provide a population for; colonize or people

Word Origin for populate

C16: from Medieval Latin populāre to provide with inhabitants, from Latin populus people
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