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"population" in British English

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populationnoun [C, + sing/pl verb]

uk   /ˌpɒp.jʊˈleɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌpɑː.pjə-/
B1 all the ​peopleliving in a ​particularcountry, ​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 ​horrificcasualties among 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 (= ​suddengrowth in the ​number of ​people).B2 all the ​people or ​animals of a ​particulartype or ​group who ​live in one ​country, ​area, or ​place: There's been a nine ​percentrise in the ​prison population (= the ​number of ​people in ​prison). The ​dolphin population has been ​decimated by ​tunafishing.

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(Definition of population from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"population" in American English

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populationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌpɑp·jəˈleɪ·ʃən/ (abbreviation pop.)
all the ​peopleliving in a ​particularcountry, ​area, or ​place: [U] What is the population of Toronto (= how many ​peoplelive there)? biology Population is also used to refer to all the ​living things of a ​particulartype or ​group who ​live in a ​particulararea or ​environment.
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uk   us   /ˌpɒpjəˈleɪʃən/
[S or U] the ​number of ​peopleliving in a particular country, ​area, or town: a population of 12,000/175,000/13 million, etc. With a population of 2.1 million, it is the country's 25th largest metropolitan ​area. We've seen a ​slow but ​steady decline in population over the ​years. In these countries there is still rapid population ​growth.
[S] all the ​peopleliving in a particular country, ​area, or town: 10% of the population were ​living in ​poverty.
[C, usually singular] all the ​people or animals of a particular ​type or ​group that ​live in one country, ​area, or town: More than half of the world's working population has no ​formalemployment or ​socialsecurityarrangements. With the ​restrictions on hunting, deer populations have begun to ​grow.
(Definition of population from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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