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populate

[pop-yuh-leyt] /ˈpɒp yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), populated, populating.
1.
to inhabit; live in; be the inhabitants of.
2.
to furnish with inhabitants, as by colonization; people.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Medieval Latin populātus, past participle of populāre to inhabit. See people, -ate1
Related forms
outpopulate, verb (used with object), outpopulated, outpopulating.
repopulate, verb (used with object), repopulated, repopulating.
superpopulated, adjective
underpopulate, verb (used with object), underpopulated, underpopulating.
unpopulated, adjective
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populate

/ˈpɒpjʊˌleɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
(often passive) to live in; inhabit
2.
to provide a population for; colonize or people
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin populāre to provide with inhabitants, from Latin populus people
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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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