Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To supply with inhabitants, as by colonization; people.
  • transitive v. To live in; inhabit: creatures that populate the ocean depths.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To supply with inhabitants; to people.
  • v. To live in; to inhabit.
  • v. To fill initially empty items in a collection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Populous.
  • intransitive v. To propagate.
  • transitive v. To furnish with inhabitants, either by natural increase or by immigration or colonization; to cause to be inhabited; to people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To furnish with inhabitants, either by natural increase or by immigration or colonization; people.
  • To breed; propagate; increase in number.
  • Populated; populous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of
  • v. fill with inhabitants

Etymologies

Medieval Latin populāre, populāt-, from Latin populus, the people; see popular.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin populus ("the people"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This corporation that we populate is commodity-based so therefore, to use an economic term, Canada is a price-taker not a price-maker country.

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  • Until 1985 the sale and use of contraception was entirely prohibited, and even medical service providers still justify actions that curtail women's human rights by referring to a century-old maxim, "to populate is to govern."

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  • The most popular search terms populate a query could on the front page of the site.

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  • Once there, the Geeklet properties window will populate, which is where all the magic (configuration) happens.

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  • And fundamentalist religions persuing the idea of populate and perish ideals, who've done more than anyone, or anything to really fuck up the planet.

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  • For instance, the students slated to go to Alston Ridge Elementary from Reedy Creek this fall were officially sent to "populate" the new school.

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  • SIMfill can be used to automatically upload cell phone data such as phone numbers and text messages to "populate" test SIMs that can then be recovered by forensic cell phone tools.

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  • The primary ethnic groups that populate Lutheran churches—Germans, Swedes, Norwegians, and the like—settled in the United States many years ago, and so the overlap between religion and ethnicity has continued over generations.

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  • Religion matters deeply and religious voters tend to populate the right, not the left, of the political spectrum.

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  • No surprise that some of Willett's most bland lyrics populate those tracks.

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