poblar

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poblar(
poh
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blahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to colonize)
a. to populate
¿Crees que en el futuro los humanos poblarán otros planetas?Do you think humans will populate other plants in the future?
Los colonos tenían órdenes de poblar y desarrollar la isla desierta.The settlers had orders to populate and develop the desert island.
b. to settle
Los colonos emigraron hacia el oeste para poblar tierras más fértiles.The settlers traveled west to settle lands that were more fertile.
2. (to reside in)
a. to inhabit
Las tribus que poblaban esta región fueron expulsadas por los blancos.The tribes that inhabited this region were driven out by white men.
b. to live in
Los aldeanos que poblaban las zonas rurales fueron esclavizados.The villagers that lived in the rural regions were enslaved.
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(to crowd)
a. to fill
El alcalde pobló la ciudad de semáforos.The mayor filled the city with traffic lights.
b. to cover
Los comunistas poblaron las paredes con afiches de propaganda.The communists covered the walls with propaganda posters.
c. to plant (land)
Un grupo ecologista pobló el bosque de plantas y árboles exóticos.A group of ecologists planted the forest with exotic plants and trees.
d. to stock (body of water)
Poblamos la pecera de pequeños peces payaso.We stocked the fishbowl with small clownfish.
poblarse
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (to fill with; usado con "de")
a. to fill
Las nubes se disiparon y el cielo nocturno se pobló de estrellas.The clouds cleared and the night sky filled with stars.
b. to fill up
La cancha se pobló de fanáticos cuando Messi anotó el gol de la victoria.The field filled up with fans when Messi scored the winning goal.
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poblar
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (establecerse en)
a. to settle, to colonize
2. (habitar)
a. to inhabit
pueblan esa laguna muchas especiesthe lagoon is home to a great variety of species
3. (llenar)
a.
poblar (de)to plant (with)
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (general)
a. to fill up
la zona se pobló de aves tropicalesthe area was colonized by tropical birds
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poblar
transitive verb
1 [+colonos, conquistadores] to settle; populate
poblaron los territorios ocupados
2 [+animales, plantas] inhabit
los peces que pueblan las profundidades the fish that inhabit the depths
los seres que pueblan la tierra
las estrellas que pueblan el espacio the stars that fill space; poblar una colmena (Agr) to stock a beehive
3
poblar de algo: han poblado el río con varias especies de peces they have stocked the river with various species of fish; poblaron el monte de abetos they planted the trees with fir trees
pronominal verb
poblarse
1 (llenarse) to fill;de with
la región se pobló en pocos años the area was settled o populated in the space of a few years; el centro de la ciudad se pobló de gente the city centre filled up with people
2 (Botánica) (cubrirse de hojas) to come into leaf
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