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overpopulate

[oh-ver-pop-yuh-leyt] /ˌoʊ vərˈpɒp yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), overpopulated, overpopulating.
1.
to fill with an excessive number of people, straining available resources and facilities:
Expanding industry has overpopulated the western suburbs.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; over- + populate
Related forms
overpopulation, noun
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  • The second cage rats did not overpopulate and their behavior stayed normal throughout the test period.
  • Wild horses and burros can quickly overpopulate an area.
  • Hybrids are fast-growing and do not overpopulate as bluegill often do.

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