• (RP) IPA: /ˈpɒp.jʊˌleɪt/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈpɑp.jəˌleɪt/

populate (populates, present participle populating; past and past participle populated)

  1. (transitive) To supply with inhabitants; to people.
  2. (transitive) To live in; to inhabit.
  3. (intransitive) To increase in number; to breed.
  4. (computing, ambitransitive) To fill initially empty items in a collection.
    John clicked the Search button and waited for the list to populate.
    Clicking the refresh button will populate the grid.
  5. (electronics) To fill initially empty slots or sockets on a circuit board or similar.
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  1. (obsolete) populous

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