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[oh-ver-pop-yuh-leyt] /ˌoʊ vərˈpɒp yəˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), overpopulated, overpopulating.
to fill with an excessive number of people, straining available resources and facilities:
Expanding industry has overpopulated the western suburbs.
Origin of overpopulate
1865-70; over- + populate
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overpopulation, noun Unabridged
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the population of an area in too large numbers
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overpopulation in Science
The population of an environment by a particular species in excess of the environment's carrying capacity. The effects of overpopulation can include the depletion of resources, environmental deterioration, and the prevalence of famine and disease.
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