Definition of repopulate in English:



  • 1Introduce a population into (a previously occupied area or country)

    ‘the area was repopulated largely by Russians’
    • ‘The countryside and towns and villages need to be repopulated but in the right manner.’
    • ‘In the 11th century, the Ligurian coast began to be repopulated and life returned little by little to normal.’
    • ‘Nagin wanted to start repopulating his city last week, but was forced to suspend his programme as Hurricane Rita swirled across the Gulf of Mexico.’
    • ‘So Noble and his wife, Diane, switched from conventional to sustainable farming methods, a strategy that has paid off financially and that they feel offers hope for repopulating the countryside.’
    • ‘They are also listed as an endangered species, but I am sure we must have repopulated Northern Ireland with the number of young birds they produced this year.’
    • ‘Nearly three years ago, more than half of the Minneapolis City Council - and the mayor's office - was repopulated by newcomers.’
    • ‘Alvarez produces thousands of trees that go towards repopulating the surrounding mountains and valleys.’
    • ‘Optimists saw a world where captive-bred animals would inspire public support for conservation and repopulate the wild.’
    • ‘The Sultan set about repopulating and Islamising the city.’
    • ‘While these peons can be whipped into fighting shape, bolstering diminished ranks or supplementing healthy ones, the citizens of each village slowly repopulate the town.’
    • ‘Weeds with seedheads should be disposed of in the garbage to prevent repopulating the garden with fresh seed.’
    • ‘As I traveled through the slowly repopulating city - about half of the original 250,000 are believed to have returned - I saw awesome scenes of destruction.’
    • ‘Mehmet slaughtered many of the population and forced the rest into exile, later repopulating the city by importing people from elsewhere in Ottoman territory.’
    • ‘The ability of these cats to travel distances through habitat corridors could enable them to repopulate parts of Arizona and New Mexico, restoring a part of our wildlife heritage that has been missing from this region for over 50 years.’
    • ‘The native population was decimated or assimilated within decades of the arrival of Columbus, and the island was repopulated with Spanish colonists and their African slaves.’
    • ‘Similar problems would occur, I assume, if New Orleans were repopulated and people tried to get out very, very quickly.’
    • ‘Supported by two dozen maps and tables, Abu Sitta said that 90 per cent of the depopulated villages could be repopulated by its people without the slightest effect on the Israeli Jews.’
    • ‘They've since returned, and are busy repopulating the mountain.’
    • ‘In fact in some of those areas that are now repopulated with younger animals, a lot of the older animals have died out, there's nice happy healthy populations coming in behind.’
    • ‘‘We are trying to reverse an extreme situation,’ said Ken Abernethy of Argyll and the Isles Enterprise, who has taken on the challenge of repopulating the island.’
    1. 1.1 Populate or fill again.
      ‘probiotics help repopulate your gut with the healthy bacteria’
      • ‘To prevent the extinction of some of these rare mollusks, we have learned how to propagate certain species in captivity, with the goal that their offspring can then be used to repopulate depleted stretches of suitable habitat.’
      • ‘Moreover, primitive BM stem cells, with in vitro long-term repopulating potential, display a very low accumulation of certain substances.’
      • ‘Then they repopulated these cells with mitochondria prepared from the platelets of PD patients or healthy control subjects.’
      • ‘In 1947 the harsh winter had exterminated all signs of rabbits, but a hardy few had survived and quickly repopulated the area.’
      • ‘As reported previously, tracheal xenografts were established in nude mice by subcutaneously inserting denuded rat trachal matrix repopulated with human respiratory epithelium isolated from cadaveric airways.’
      • ‘As the bud grows out, however, the progress zone becomes repopulated by the surviving cells, so that distal structures such as digits are formed at almost normal size.’
      • ‘Using a method that he pioneered, Dr. Macklis was the first investigator to demonstrate that, following localized injury, the adult mammalian precortex can be repopulated by new neurons.’
      • ‘It was a delight when we witnessed these cells partially repopulating the damaged livers of the mice.’
      • ‘Histologic evaluation of the tibial tunnel for the goats sacrificed after 18 weeks of healing showed all grafts to be revascularized and repopulated with viable cells, particularly at the periphery.’
      • ‘And yet even with nothing but a future looming with gloomy forebodings, they repopulated the barren wasteland of space, bracing for the worst, testing the extents of their tenacity and ingenuity.’
      • ‘It was merchants such as Nicolas Roxcox, wrapped in Baltic furs, who encouraged Rubens to repopulate parish churches with altarpieces of exceptional quality.’
      • ‘There should also be a policy of repopulating declining regions.’
      • ‘The French probably give grants to people who repopulate areas of their abandoned countryside with no questions asked.’
      • ‘Recently, historic ranges have been repopulated by sheep translocated from healthy herds.’
      • ‘At the beginning of the ninth century, the area was repopulated.’
      • ‘Cells treated with Delta - 1 promptly began repopulating the bone marrow in the animals.’
      • ‘Birmingham, then, is getting interesting as its centre repopulates.’
      • ‘The jury is still out on whether condors will repopulate California skies.’
      • ‘Dolittle believes that if he can repopulate an endangered species of bear in the area, the courts will have to refuse permission to cut.’
      • ‘Disease and hostile white men had killed off many of the Comanche, they wanted women - and girls - to help them repopulate.’