Populate Definition

pŏpyə-lāt
populated, populates, populating
verb
populated, populates, populating
To supply with inhabitants; people.
Webster's New World
To be or become the inhabitants of; inhabit.
Webster's New World
To fill (an empty field or array) with data.
American Heritage
To fill (an electron shell of an atom) with electrons.
American Heritage

(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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adjective

(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

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