KJV Dictionary Definition: populate


POP'ULATE, v.i. L. populus. To breed people; to propagate.

When there be great shoals of people which go on to populate.

POP'ULATE, v.t. To people; to furnish with inhabitants, either by natural increase, or by immigration or colonization.


POP'ULATED, pp. Furnished with inhabitants; peopled.


POP'ULATING, ppr. Peopling.


POPULA'TION, n. The act or operation of peopling or furnishing with inhabitants; multiplication of inhabitants. The value of our western lands is annually enhanced by population.

1. The whole number of people or inhabitants in a country. The population of England is estimated at ten millions of souls; that of the United States in 1823, was ten millions.

A country may have a great population, and yet not be populous.

2. The state of a country with regard to its number of inhabitants, or rather with regard to its numbers compared with their expenses, consumption of goods and productions, and earnings.

Neither is the population to be reckoned only by number; for a smaller number that spend more and earn less, do wear out an estate sooner than a greater number that live lower and gather more.


POP'ULOUS, a. L. populosus. Full of inhabitants; containing many inhabitants in proportion to the extent of the country. A territory containing fifteen or twenty inhabitants to a square mile is not a populous country. The Netherlands, and some parts of Italy, containing a hundred and fifty inhabitants to a square mile, are deemed populous.


POP'ULOUSLY, adv. With many inhabitants in proportion to the extent of country.


POP'ULOUSNESS, n. The state of having many inhabitants in proportion to the extent of country.

By populousness, in contradistinction to population, is understood the proportion the number bears to the surface of the ground they live on.