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populate

[pop-yuh-leyt]
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verb (used with object), pop·u·lat·ed, pop·u·lat·ing.
  1. to inhabit; live in; be the inhabitants of.
  2. to furnish with inhabitants, as by colonization; people.
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Origin of populate

1570–80; < Medieval Latin populātus, past participle of populāre to inhabit. See people, -ate1
Related formsout·pop·u·late, verb (used with object), out·pop·u·lat·ed, out·pop·u·lat·ing.re·pop·u·late, verb (used with object), re·pop·u·lat·ed, re·pop·u·lat·ing.su·per·pop·u·lat·ed, adjectiveun·der·pop·u·late, verb (used with object), un·der·pop·u·lat·ed, un·der·pop·u·lat·ing.un·pop·u·lat·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for repopulate

Historical Examples

  • She looks as though she was made to repopulate a desert unaided.

    The Dangerous Age

    Karin Michalis

  • They have been known to repopulate their territories after an epidemic, or at least after the destruction of their Aphides.

  • 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.

  • Set me upon a coral atoll with that volume, I will repopulate the world with dictionaries, and beget lusty tomes.

    Shandygaff

    Christopher Morley


British Dictionary definitions for repopulate

repopulate

verb (tr)
  1. to provide a new population for (an area in which the population has declined)
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populate

verb (tr)
  1. (often passive) to live in; inhabit
  2. to provide a population for; colonize or people
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Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin populāre to provide with inhabitants, from Latin populus people
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Word Origin and History for repopulate

v.

1590s, from re- + populate (v.). Related: Repopulated; repopulating.

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populate

v.

1610s, from Medieval Latin populatus, past participle of populare "inhabit, to people," from Latin populus "inhabitants, people, nation" (see people (n.)). Related: Populated; populating.

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