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    Can people be used as a verb?

    Can one say, they peopled the auditorium or would populated be the word?

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    Re: Can people be used as a verb?

    I've heard it used that way, and the dictionary does support its use as a transitive verb (to fill with people) but I can't say it sounds natural to me.

    Populated is better. Why not "they filled the auditorium with .... [and use a word to say what sort of people they put there: dyed-in-the-wool fans, actors who would pretend to be angry, or simply people eager to see the concert.]?

    {not a teacher}

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    Re: Can people be used as a verb?

    Yes, migrants or settlers can people a land. As Barb seems to indicate, it is rather dated these days, but perfectly correct.

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