Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “population”


noun [C, + sing/pl verb]     /ˌpɒp.jʊˈleɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌpɑː.pjə-/
B1 all the people living in a particular country , area , or place : Ten percent of the population lived in poverty . In 1992 the population of Cairo was approximately 6,500,000. a growing / shrinking population Throughout the war , there were horrific casualties amongst the civilian populations of both countries . The UN is investigating new methods of population control (= limiting the growth of the number of people ). The country is facing a population explosion (= sudden growth in the number of people ).Environmental issuesRubbish and wasteProtection and protectors B2 all the people or animals of a particular type or group who live in one country , area , or place : There's been a nine percent rise in the prison population (= the number of people in prison ). The dolphin population has been decimated by tuna fishing .Environmental issuesRubbish and wasteProtection and protectors
(Definition of population noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of population

Definitions of “population” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


to mix eggs with a little milk and mix again as they are being fried

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More