Definition of overpopulate in English:

overpopulate

verb

[WITH OBJECT]often as adjective overpopulated
  • 1 Populate (an area) in excessively large numbers:

    ‘an overpopulated country’
    • ‘I hesitate to recommend another book about living abroad when television and newsprint are overpopulated with seekers of a place in the sun, but this account of life in an Andalusian pueblo is different.’
    • ‘Claiming that the island lacked resources and was overpopulated, the U.S. government encouraged migration, with the consequent formation of diasporic communities across the United States.’
    • ‘Their leader is a man who's hell-bent on overpopulating the planet.’
    • ‘Hyde Park, at that time of the day in general, was usually overpopulated with high-and-mighty lords and ladies prancing along its pathways for their ‘morning’ rides.’
    • ‘And in place of War and Money, we have the fertile Mother, having her six kids (for herself, not some man) overpopulating the planet as fast as you can say ‘bunny’.’
    • ‘We feel these flats would make the area overpopulated and congested.’
    • ‘She does not speak in the tough vernacular of the grizzled guys who overpopulate her field.’
    • ‘Since that time the elk have continually overpopulated their habitat, leaving the range in often deplorable condition.’
    • ‘Earth is overpopulated, and in an effort to provide for everyone we are plundering our natural resources.’
    • ‘I remember a report from France, in the eighties, where near the launch of St. Hilaire du Touvet (today a site overpopulated by paragliders) a hang glider got hit by a sailplane passing under him.’
    • ‘Ravenswood was not overpopulated and was probably never going to be come a city.’
    • ‘The city's streets are overpopulated with meandering figures listing first to one side, then the other, making it impossible to get past even on wide sidewalks.’
    • ‘It's like saying you should destroy people because they're overpopulating the planet.’
    • ‘Now the field is somewhat overpopulated and generically overstuffed.’
    • ‘I guess the cities were overpopulated or something.’
    • ‘Hopefully the Leaders could find a better partner for her, or else the vampires could very well overpopulate the area.’
    • ‘The planet Earth was already overpopulated by the early years of the 21st Century.’
    • ‘In acute leukemias, the marrow is typically overpopulated with blast cells.’
    • ‘When they perished, the buffalo, no longer routinely culled by farmers to feed the Indian cities, overpopulated their farms, and rapidly spread out across the newly-emptied Great Plains.’
    • ‘Establishing the facts is essential, but an underlying assumption of the discussion must also be addressed: Namely, that the world is overpopulated and reproduction needs to be governed.’
    packed, congested, crushed, cramped, overcrowded, full, filled to capacity, full to bursting, overfull, overflowing, teeming, swarming, thronged, populous, overpopulated, overpeopled, busy
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    1. 1.1[no object] (of an animal) breed too rapidly:
      ‘without natural predators, deer would overpopulate’
      • ‘Thus it is a commonplace to suggest that people will always overpopulate, regardless of the incentives in place.’
      • ‘He surmised that not all of these embryos could come to maturity in the same host without killing themselves and their host by overpopulating.’
      • ‘But it's also enabled us to overpopulate and pollute in a way that we never could have managed when we were wandering around the African savannah.’
      • ‘The whole idea is that nature needs a method for rapidly ridding itself of dysfunctional species that overpopulate and absorb resources too rapidly.’
      • ‘And they keep prey species from overpopulating.’

Pronunciation:

overpopulate

/əʊvəˈpɒpjʊleɪt/