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ˈpɒp yəˌleɪtpop·u·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. populate, dwell, live, inhabitverb

    inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of

    "People lived in Africa millions of years ago"; "The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted"; "this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean"; "deer are populating the woods"

  2. populateverb

    fill with inhabitants

    "populate the forest with deer and wild boar for hunting"


  1. populateverb

    To supply with inhabitants; to people.

  2. populateverb

    To live in; to inhabit.

  3. populateverb

    To fill initially empty items in a collection.

    John clicked the Search button and waited for the list to populate.

  4. Etymology: From populus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To POPULATEverb

    To breed people.

    Etymology: from populus, people.

    When there be great shoals of people, which go on to populate, without foreseeing means of life and sustentation, it is of necessity, that once in an age they discharge a portion of their people upon other nations. Francis Bacon, Essays.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Populateadjective


  2. Populateverb

    to furnish with inhabitants, either by natural increase or by immigration or colonization; to cause to be inhabited; to people

  3. Populateverb

    to propagate

  4. Etymology: [L. populus people. See People.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of populate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of populate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of populate in a Sentence

  1. Steve Weatherford:

    This 24 year old giving up his career is a dramatic statement and something to be reckoned with, we'll see more and more poor kids populate the game. Middle income kids will say,' I have a choice and I don't want to take a chance of shortening my life.' .

  2. Dr Shipton:

    What is striking about this record is the innovations you see in technology and material culture, and the ability to exploit both forest and savanna environments. It is this kind ofbehaviorall flexibility that allowed our species to populate the rest of the world outside of Africa.

  3. Elliott Jacobson:

    She’s been tossed around like a football from Heather to the Australian couple in Indonesia now to the attorney and authorities. Her critical path from birth to now is unprecedented, she needs to be removed from this environment and all the people who populate it, mainly Tommy, Heather, Tommy’s mom, who making a bid to be her guardian.

  4. Sinan Ulgen:

    It has aspirations to capture the state. They certainly came quite a long way in reaching this objective, they have certainly been helped and assisted by the AKP, when AKP came to power they established an alliance. It helped to populate the Turkish administration with Gulenists.

  5. Carl Jung:

    The Christian missionary may preach the gospel to the poor naked heathen, but the spiritual heathen who populate Europe have as yet heard nothing of Christianity.

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