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populate

verb [T] uk   /ˈpɒp.jʊ.leɪt/ us    /ˈpɑː.pjə-/
C1 If an area is populated by people or animals, they live in that area: The inner cities are no longer densely populated. The river is populated mainly by smaller species of fish. to live in an area or place: The settlers began to move inland and populate the river valleys. specialized computing to automatically add information to a list or table on a computer: There are several ways to populate the database.
populated
adjective
the risk of bombs falling on populated areas
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