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populate (v.)

1610s, from Medieval Latin populatus, past participle of populare "inhabit, to people," from Latin populus "inhabitants, people, nation" (see people (n.)). Related: Populated; populating.

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Definitions of populate from WordNet

populate (v.)
be an inhabitant of or reside in;
Synonyms: dwell / live / inhabit
populate (v.)
fill with inhabitants;
populate the forest with deer and wild boar for hunting
From wordnet.princeton.edu