- to establish a colony in; settle: England colonized Australia.
- to form a colony of: to colonize laborers in a mining region.
- to form a colony: They went out to Australia to colonize.
- to settle in a colony.
Origin of colonize
Examples from the Web for colonization
Historians have their own theories, involving trade and colonization, but this sounds more likely.Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself
P. J. O’Rourke
May 11, 2014
Behind the Iron Curtain, Manea had the opportunity to observe this colonization of sorts at close quarters.Norman Manea Survived the Nazis and the Communists and Lived to Write About It
April 8, 2014
So white Americans came up with an alternative: colonization.
By the 1830s, it became clear that colonization was not a viable solution.
Zionism was not about colonization; it was about repatriation.Despite Hebron's Importance, Israel Will Have to Give It Up
October 28, 2013
And yet there is nothing which tends more to the improvement of mankind than legislation and colonization.
Let us then endeavour to follow this principle in colonization and legislation.
There is nothing, however, which perfects men's virtue more than legislation and colonization.
That in brief is the history of one type of German colonization in the Tsardom.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
Space does not permit us to describe this movement of colonization.The Frontier in American History
Frederick Jackson Turner
- to send colonists to or establish a colony in (an area)
- to settle in (an area) as colonists
- (tr) to transform (a community) into a colony
- (of plants and animals) to become established in (a new environment)
Word Origin and History for colonization
1766, noun of action from colonize.
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.
- The spreading of a species into a new habitat. For example, flying insects and birds are often the first animal species to initiate colonization of barren islands formed by vulcanism or falling water levels. The first plant species to colonize such islands are often transported there as airborne seeds or through the droppings of birds.