With a fleet of ethereal gunboats we might colonise the solar system, and annex the stars.
The country they were about to colonise had been recently overrun by Kafir hordes.
Rumour says that your Government is going to send out a strong party of emigrants to colonise the eastern frontier.
No one else but the native can work its resources; you cannot live in it and colonise it.
The result of all the attempts to colonise this side of America south of 41° has been miserable.
Morgan was not there to colonise Pacific Oceans, but to sack Panama.
A Frenchman never discovers this, and therefore he cannot colonise.
For want of territory to colonise under her own flag, Japan has lost many subjects to alien flags.
They proceed to colonise, and to colonise in such numbers that they cannot easily be kept out.
She now proposed to Van der Haagen that he should colonise and govern these islands for her, which he did for seven years.
1620s, "to settle with colonists," from stem of Latin colonus "tiller of the soil, farmer" (see colony); in sense "to make another place into a national dependency" without regard for settlement there by 1790s (e.g. in reference to French activity in Egypt or British work in India), and probably directly from colony.
No principle ought ever to be tolerated or acted upon, that does not proceed on the basis of India being considered as the temporary residence of a great British Establishment, for the good government of the country, upon steady and uniform principles, and of a large British factory, for the beneficial management of its trade, upon rules applicable to the state and manners of the country. [Henry Dundas, Chairman of the East-India Company, letter, April 2, 1800]Related: Colonized; colonizing.