- to inhabit; live in; be the inhabitants of.
- to furnish with inhabitants, as by colonization; people.
Origin of populate
Examples from the Web for repopulate
She looks as though she was made to repopulate a desert unaided.The Dangerous Age
They have been known to repopulate their territories after an epidemic, or at least after the destruction of their Aphides.The Industries of Animals
By Sunday he had 1400 men with whom to quiet the panic and restore peace and repopulate the deserted country.The Last American Frontier
Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson
At Pemaquid Point he laid out the plan of a city which he divided into lots, inviting settlers to repopulate the country.Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast
Samuel Adams Drake
Set me upon a coral atoll with that volume, I will repopulate the world with dictionaries, and beget lusty tomes.Shandygaff
- to provide a new population for (an area in which the population has declined)
- (often passive) to live in; inhabit
- to provide a population for; colonize or people
Word Origin and History for repopulate
1610s, from Medieval Latin populatus, past participle of populare "inhabit, to people," from Latin populus "inhabitants, people, nation" (see people (n.)). Related: Populated; populating.