Definition of overpopulate in English:


Syllabification: o·ver·pop·u·late
Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈpäpyəlāt


[with object]
1Populate (an area) in too large numbers: the country was overpopulated
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  • I remember a report from France, in the eighties, where near the launch of St. Hilaire du Touvet (today a site overpopulated by paragliders) a hang glider got hit by a sailplane passing under him.
  • Now the field is somewhat overpopulated and generically overstuffed.
  • Hopefully the Leaders could find a better partner for her, or else the vampires could very well overpopulate the area.
1.1 [no object] (Of an animal) breed too rapidly: without natural predators, deer would overpopulate
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  • The whole idea is that nature needs a method for rapidly ridding itself of dysfunctional species that overpopulate and absorb resources too rapidly.
  • And they keep prey species from overpopulating.
  • He surmised that not all of these embryos could come to maturity in the same host without killing themselves and their host by overpopulating.



Pronunciation: /ˈōvərˌpäpyəˈlāSHən/
More example sentences
  • Governments and intellectuals - so long focussed on the problem of world overpopulation - have been slow to come to terms with these trends.
  • Deforestation and desertification, caused in part by overpopulation, force people off of the hinterlands and into the cities.
  • Do you see a link between overpopulation and biological meltdown?

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