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Borrowed from Late Latin populatio (“a people, multitude”), as if a noun of action from Classical Latin populus, from Old Latin populus (since mid-2nd c. BC), from earlier poplus, from even earlier poplos (attested already since early 5th c. BC), from Proto-Italic *poplos (“army”), further origin unknown; perhaps from Etruscan or from the root of pleō.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌpɒpjʊˈleɪʃən/
- IPA(key): /pɒpjuːˈleɪʃən/
population (plural populations)
- The people living within a political or geographical boundary.
- The population of New Jersey will not stand for this!
- (by extension) The people with a given characteristic.
- India has the third-largest population of English-speakers in the world.
- A count of the number of residents within a political or geographical boundary such as a town, a nation or the world.
- The town’s population is only 243.
- population explosion; population growth
- (biology) A collection of organisms of a particular species, sharing a particular characteristic of interest, most often that of living in a given area.
- A seasonal migration annually changes the populations in two or more biotopes drastically, many twice in opposite senses.
- (statistics) A group of units (persons, objects, or other items) enumerated in a census or from which a sample is drawn.
- (computing) The act of filling initially empty items in a collection.
- John clicked the Search button and waited for the population of the list to complete.