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populate

verb
     
Related topics: Geography
pop‧u‧late [transitive usually passive]
if an area is populated by a particular group of people, they live there:
The highlands are populated mainly by peasant farmers.
densely/heavily/highly/thickly populated (=with a lot of people)
one of the most densely populated areas in the world
sparsely/thinly/lightly populated (=with very few people)

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