Synonyms of 'populate'
1 inhabitDictionary, people, live in
the native people who populate areas around the city
2 settleDictionary, people, occupy
North America was populated largely by Europeans.
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If people colonize a foreign country, they go to live there and take control of it.
The first British attempt to colonize Ireland was in the twelfth century.
If a place or region is inhabited by a group of people or a species of animal, those people or animals live there.
the people who inhabit these islands
Thesaurus for populate from the Collins English Thesaurus
If an area is populated by certain people or animals, those people or animals live there, often in large numbers .