Populate meaning

pŏpyə-lāt
To fill (an empty field or array) with data.
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Populate is defined as to occupy or fill with people or things.

An example of populate is a large number of people moving to a newly-discovered island.

An example of populate is planting hundreds of flowers in an empty field.

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To supply with inhabitants, as by colonization.
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To live in; inhabit.

Creatures that populate the ocean depths.

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To fill (an electron shell of an atom) with electrons.
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To be or become the inhabitants of; inhabit.
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To supply with inhabitants; people.
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To plug in chips or components into a printed circuit board. A fully populated board is one that contains all the devices it can hold.
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(intransitive) To live in; to inhabit.
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(computing, transitive/intransitive) To fill initially empty items in a collection.

John clicked the Search button and waited for the list to populate.

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(obsolete) Populous.

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Origin of populate

  • Medieval Latin populāre populāt- from Latin populus the people popular

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin populatus, past participle of populo (“to populate").

    From Wiktionary