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populate (v.)

"to people, inhabit; form or furnish the population of a country, etc.," 1610s, from Medieval Latin populatus, past participle of populare "inhabit, to people," from Latin populus "inhabitants, people, nation" (see people (n.)). Earlier in English it was an adjective, "peopled, populated" (1570s). 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