- 1Form the population of (a town, area, or country): the island is populated by scarcely 40,000 people (as adjective, with submodifier populated) a densely populated areaMore example sentences
- The city is densely populated with the second highest number of people per hectare in the whole of the south-east.
- The crash site is densely populated with lots of small homes.
- Pretty soon the place was populated with everybody from gypsies to prime ministers to people with turbans running around - it was indeed an Orson party.
- 1.1Cause people to settle in (an area or place): Finland pursues a policy designed to populate its Russian bordersMore example sentences
- The earthern barriers to the surrounding arms of the Fraser have existed in some form since the settlers first started populating the area in the mid to late 1800s.
- Much of the world was not populated, settlements of people existed here and there.
- In Monterey Bay, California, scientists documented a complete turnover of the marine population with cold water fish moving northward and warm water fish and sea animals moving in to populate that area.
- 1.2Fill or be present in (a place, environment, or domain): the spirit of the book and the characters who populate its pagesMore example sentences
- Certainly grotesque characters populate the world, as in all of the Coens' films, but a lot of the film ultimately centers on Ed's obsession with cleanliness.
- Given that Haslam has played and improvised enough characters to populate a small city, is there some quality that unites the less ephemeral ones?
- Here's a brief guide to the freaks and grotesques that populate the Peepshow world.
- 1.3Add data to a previously empty section of (an electronic form, document, etc.): use scripts to populate the graph with dataMore example sentences
- The values populated for major, minor, and patch are under the control of the Web service.
- In order to make things a bit more interesting, let's populate our table with some values.
- The room, brightly lit by the sun through the gaps in its wooden slat roof, was populated by perhaps four tables and ten people.
late 16th century: from medieval Latin populat- 'supplied with people', from the verb populare, from populus 'people'.