transitive verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Medieval Latin populatus, past participle of populare to people, from Latin populus people Date: 1578 1. to have a place in ; occupy, inhabit 2. a. to furnish or provide with inhabitants ; people b. to provide with members

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  • Populate — Pop u*late, v. i. To propagate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Great shoals of people which go on to populate. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • populate — [päp′yə lāt΄] vt. populated, populating [< ML populatus, pp. of populare, to populate < L populus, PEOPLE] 1. to be or become the inhabitants of; inhabit 2. to supply with inhabitants; people …   English World dictionary

  • Populate — Pop u*late, a. [L. populus people. See {People}.] Populous. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Populate — Pop u*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Populated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Populating}.] To furnish with inhabitants, either by natural increase or by immigration or colonization; to cause to be inhabited; to people. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • populate — index dwell (reside) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • populate — 1570s, from M.L. populatus, pp. of populare inhabit, from L. populus inhabitants. Related: Populated; populating …   Etymology dictionary

  • populate — ► VERB 1) form the population of. 2) cause people to settle in. ORIGIN Latin populare supply with people …   English terms dictionary

  • populate — [[t]pɒ̱pjʊleɪt[/t]] populates, populating, populated 1) VERB If an area is populated by certain people or animals, those people or animals live there, often in large numbers. [be V ed] Before all this the island was populated by native American… …   English dictionary

  • populate — UK [ˈpɒpjʊleɪt] / US [ˈpɑpjəˌleɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms populate : present tense I/you/we/they populate he/she/it populates present participle populating past tense populated past participle populated 1) if a group of people or animals… …   English dictionary

  • populate — /ˈpɒpjəleɪt/ (say popyuhlayt) verb (t) (populated, populating) 1. to inhabit. 2. to furnish with inhabitants, as by colonisation; people. 3. Computers to enter (data) into: to populate the database with client details. –phrase 4. populate or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • populate — verb /ˈpɒp.jə.leɪt,ˈpɒp.ju.leɪt/ a) To supply with inhabitants; to people. John clicked the Search button and waited for the list to populate. b) To live in; to inhabit …   Wiktionary

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