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definition 1: the collective human inhabitants of an area.
example: He was elected by a large majority of the population.
example: The famine devastated the country’s population.
definition 2: the total number of people inhabiting a country, city, area, or the like.
example: The population of the United States rose to over 300 million in 2006.
definition 3: the number of inhabitants, human or otherwise, of a particular category in a place.
example: He is a popular politician among the Mexican-American population in Texas.
example: The researchers are studying the elephant population within the reserve.
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