colonize, settle, people, occupy; inhabit, dwell in, reside in, live in:
Shiploads of families braved the voyage to populate the New World.
Advanced English Dictionary
+verb[VN][often passive] 1 to live in an area and form its population Synonym: INHABIT a heavily / densely / sparsely / thinly populated country + The island is populated largely by sheep. + the tribes that populated the region at the turn of the century + (figurative) the amazing characters that populate her novels 2 to move people or animals to an area to live there: The French began to populate the island in the 15th century.
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