Definition of populate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

populate

verb
ˈpɒpjuleɪt
 
; ˈpɑːpjuleɪt
 
 
1 [often passive] populate something to live in an area and form its population
Synonym
inhabit
a heavily/densely/sparsely/thinly populated countryThe island is populated largely by sheep. (figurative) the amazing characters that populate her novels
2 populate something to move people or animals to an area to live thereThe French began to populate the island in the 15th century.3 populate something (computing) to add data to a document
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