Populace vs Populate - What's the difference?

populace | populate |

As a noun populace

is the common people of a nation.

As a verb populate is

to supply with inhabitants; to people.

As an adjective populate is

(obsolete) populous.

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  • The common people of a nation.
  • * The populace despised their ignorant leader.
  • * {{quote-book, year=2006, author=
  • , title=Internal Combustion , chapter=2 citation , passage=Throughout the 1500s, the populace roiled over a constellation of grievances of which the forest emerged as a key focal point. The popular late Middle Ages fictional character Robin Hood, dressed in green to symbolize the forest, dodged fines for forest offenses and stole from the rich to give to the poor. But his appeal was painfully real and embodied the struggle over wood.}}
  • The inhabitants of a nation.
  • Usage notes

    * Do not confuse populace' (a noun) with ' populous (an adjective).


    * (common people of a nation) common people, hoi polloi, masses, people, rabble, riff-raff * (inhabitants of a nation) inhabitants, population




  • To supply with inhabitants; to people.
  • To live in; to inhabit.
  • To fill initially empty items in a collection.
  • John clicked the Search button and waited for the list to populate .


    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) populous
  • (Francis Bacon)