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

     

    populate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpɒpjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːpjuleɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they populate
    BrE BrE//ˈpɒpjuleɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːpjuleɪt//
     
    he / she / it populates
    BrE BrE//ˈpɒpjuleɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːpjuleɪts//
     
    past simple populated
    BrE BrE//ˈpɒpjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːpjuleɪtɪd//
     
    past participle populated
    BrE BrE//ˈpɒpjuleɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːpjuleɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form populating
    BrE BrE//ˈpɒpjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːpjuleɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[often passive] populate something to live in an area and form its population synonym inhabit a heavily/densely/sparsely/thinly populated country The island is populated largely by sheep. (figurative) the amazing characters that populate her novels
  2. 2populate something to move people or animals to an area to live there The French began to populate the island in the 15th century.
  3. 3populate something (computing) to add data to a document
  4. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from medieval Latin populat- ‘supplied with people’, from the verb populare, from populus ‘people’.
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