overpopulate


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o·ver·pop·u·late

 (ō′vər-pŏp′yə-lāt′)
v. o·ver·pop·u·lat·ed, o·ver·pop·u·lat·ing, o·ver·pop·u·lates
v.tr.
To fill (an area, for example) with excessive population to the detriment of the inhabitants, resources, or environment.
v.intr.
To breed to excess: wild animals that overpopulated and then starved.

overpopulate

(ˌəʊvəˈpɒpjʊˌleɪt)
vb (tr)
(Biology) to populate (a place) excessively

o•ver•pop•u•late

(ˌoʊ vərˈpɒp yəˌleɪt)

v.t. -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
to fill with too many people, straining available resources and facilities.
[1865]

overpopulate


Past participle: overpopulated
Gerund: overpopulating

Imperative
overpopulate
overpopulate
Present
I overpopulate
you overpopulate
he/she/it overpopulates
we overpopulate
you overpopulate
they overpopulate
Preterite
I overpopulated
you overpopulated
he/she/it overpopulated
we overpopulated
you overpopulated
they overpopulated
Present Continuous
I am overpopulating
you are overpopulating
he/she/it is overpopulating
we are overpopulating
you are overpopulating
they are overpopulating
Present Perfect
I have overpopulated
you have overpopulated
he/she/it has overpopulated
we have overpopulated
you have overpopulated
they have overpopulated
Past Continuous
I was overpopulating
you were overpopulating
he/she/it was overpopulating
we were overpopulating
you were overpopulating
they were overpopulating
Past Perfect
I had overpopulated
you had overpopulated
he/she/it had overpopulated
we had overpopulated
you had overpopulated
they had overpopulated
Future
I will overpopulate
you will overpopulate
he/she/it will overpopulate
we will overpopulate
you will overpopulate
they will overpopulate
Future Perfect
I will have overpopulated
you will have overpopulated
he/she/it will have overpopulated
we will have overpopulated
you will have overpopulated
they will have overpopulated
Future Continuous
I will be overpopulating
you will be overpopulating
he/she/it will be overpopulating
we will be overpopulating
you will be overpopulating
they will be overpopulating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been overpopulating
you have been overpopulating
he/she/it has been overpopulating
we have been overpopulating
you have been overpopulating
they have been overpopulating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been overpopulating
you will have been overpopulating
he/she/it will have been overpopulating
we will have been overpopulating
you will have been overpopulating
they will have been overpopulating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been overpopulating
you had been overpopulating
he/she/it had been overpopulating
we had been overpopulating
you had been overpopulating
they had been overpopulating
Conditional
I would overpopulate
you would overpopulate
he/she/it would overpopulate
we would overpopulate
you would overpopulate
they would overpopulate
Past Conditional
I would have overpopulated
you would have overpopulated
he/she/it would have overpopulated
we would have overpopulated
you would have overpopulated
they would have overpopulated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.overpopulate - cause to have too great a population; "Some towns in New Jersey are becoming overpopulated"
inhabit, live, populate, dwell - inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of; "People lived in Africa millions of years ago"; "The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted"; "this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean"; "deer are populating the woods"
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Unfortunately the plan works rather too well, and the mice begin to overpopulate the church.
Species that sharks devour, like seals, for example, would overpopulate and in turn decimate other species, like salmon.
Christensen's job is to locate anti-parasite genes and figure out how to "turn them on" If successful, the next step is to introduce the genetically-enhanced mosquitoes into the wild and hope they multiply and overpopulate disease-spreading mosquitoes.