Date: 1828 transitive verb to populate too densely ; furnish or provide with more than the environment or market will bear intransitive verb to become overly populous

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  • overpopulate — (v.) 1798, from OVER (Cf. over) + POPULATE (Cf. populate) (v.). First attested in Malthus (in over populousness). Related: Overpopulated; overpopulating …   Etymology dictionary

  • overpopulate — [ō΄vər päp′yo͞o lāt΄] vt. overpopulated, overpopulating to populate (an area) too heavily for the available sustaining resources overpopulation n …   English World dictionary

  • overpopulate — overpopulation, n. /oh veuhr pop yeuh layt /, v.t., overpopulated, overpopulating. to fill with an excessive number of people, straining available resources and facilities: Expanding industry has overpopulated the western suburbs. [1865 70; OVER… …   Universalium

  • overpopulate — verb To fill with too many individuals; to exceed the capacity of a region to contain the population. See Also: overpopulation …   Wiktionary

  • overpopulate — v. populate excessively; increase in population in excess of the amount that is sustainable by the space or other resources available …   English contemporary dictionary

  • overpopulate — verb [usu. as adjective overpopulated] populate (an area) in too large numbers. Derivatives overpopulation noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • overpopulate — o•ver•pop•u•late [[t]ˌoʊ vərˈpɒp yəˌleɪt[/t]] v. t. lat•ed, lat•ing to fill with too many people, straining available resources and facilities • Etymology: 1865 …   From formal English to slang

  • overpopulate — /oʊvəˈpɒpjəleɪt/ (say ohvuh popyuhlayt) verb (t) (overpopulated, overpopulating) to overpeople. –overpopulation /ˌoʊvəpɒpjəˈleɪʃən/ (say .ohvuhpopyuh layshuhn), noun …   Australian English dictionary

  • overpopulate — verb cause to have too great a population Some towns in New Jersey are becoming overpopulated • Derivationally related forms: ↑overpopulation • Hypernyms: ↑populate, ↑dwell, ↑live, ↑inhabit …   Useful english dictionary

  • Carrying capacity — The supportable population of an organism, given the food, habitat, water and other necessities available within an environment is known as the environment s carrying capacity for that organism. For the human population, more complex variables… …   Wikipedia

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