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populate

pop·u·late

populate

 
pronunciation:
pap y leIt
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: populated, populates, populating
definition 1: to be residents of; inhabit.
The town is populated by two thousand people.A large variety of birds populate the rain forest.
 
similar words:
people
definition 2: to supply with residents or inhabitants.
The government wished to quickly populate its new colonies.
similar words:
people
derivation: populated (adj.)
Word Parts
The word populate contains the following parts:
popul Latin root that means the people
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).