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Definition 1: fill with inhabitants - [verb of change]

Samples where populate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • populate the forest with deer and wild boar for hunting

(populate is a kind of ...) make full, also in a metaphorical sense

"fill a container" "fill the child with pride"

(... is a kind of populate ) fill with people

"Stalin wanted to people the empty steppes"

Definition 2: be an inhabitant of or reside in - [verb of stative]

Samples where populate or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • People lived in Africa millions of years ago
  • The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted
  • this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean
  • deer are populating the woods

Synonyms for populate in the sense of this definition

(populate is a kind of ...) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

"Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back" "What is behind this behavior?"

(... is a kind of populate ) occupy as a tenant

(... is a kind of populate ) inhabit a nest, usually after building

"birds are nesting outside my window every Spring"

(... is a kind of populate ) live in or as if in a tent

"Can we go camping again this summer?" "The circus tented near the town" "The houseguests had to camp in the living room"

(... is a kind of populate ) be a lodger; stay temporarily

"Where are you lodging in Paris?"

(... is a kind of populate ) share living quarters; usually said of people who are not married and live together as a couple

(... is a kind of populate ) cause to have too great a population

"Some towns in New Jersey are becoming overpopulated"

(... is a kind of populate ) furnish with people

"The plains are sparsely populated"

(... is a kind of populate ) make one's home in a particular place or community

"may parents reside in Florida"

(... is a kind of populate ) live (in a certain place)

"She resides in Princeton" "he occupies two rooms on the top floor"

(... is a kind of populate ) live or be located as a neighbor

"the neighboring house"

(... is a kind of populate ) live and take one's meals at or in

"she rooms in an old boarding house"

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