- 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 colonized
In this historically loaded setting, Agbodjélou reclaims control for the colonized ‘other’ in the form of a masked female gaze.Saatchi Resurrects Ancient Pangaea with Show Featuring South American and African Artists
April 4, 2014
For 300 years, Europeans and Americans colonized much of Africa and enslaved millions of its people.Why Africa’s Turning Anti-Gay
March 31, 2014
Koreans have long chafed that the body of water is named after Japan, which colonized Korea in the early 20th century.Virginia Gets In Middle Of Geography Fight Between Japan And South Korea
February 11, 2014
We were colonized by the English language, and in turn, colonized it.How I Write: Paul Lynch
December 18, 2013
They seek to live in harmony with the new planet they have colonized.Nerdiness from Noah: Alpha Centauri
March 29, 2013
After the Civil War the plains tribes had been colonized here too.The New Nation
Frederic L. Paxson
It was not, however, until 1669 that they were colonized and evangelized by Father Sanvitores.Celebrated Travels and Travellers
And why, he asked, should the people of your race be colonized, and where?The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Six
According to their own traditions, they colonized in a remote age.Athens: Its Rise and Fall, Complete
We have carried our law to all the planets we have colonized.The Helpful Robots
Robert J. Shea
- 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 colonized
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.