- 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 colonizer
Russia is of course the colonizer and there was a sort of “mental revolution” against Russian power.Inside ‘Maidan’: Sergei Loznitsa on His Ukrainian Uprising Doc and Putin’s ‘Fascist’ Regime
May 24, 2014
We have not spoken of the Chancellor as an argonaut, of the Chancellor as a colonizer.The Arena
He was a young man of energy and had great ideas as a colonizer.Montreal 1535-1914 under the French Rgime
William Henry Atherton
He may be no sort of a colonizer himself, but he knows how to sell goods.In the Land of Mosques & Minarets
As an explorer he stands unequalled, but as a colonizer he utterly failed.The Spanish Pioneers
Charles F. Lummis
Charnisay possessed the instincts of a colonizer and had already brought a number of settlers to Acadia.Glimpses of the Past
W. O. Raymond
- 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 colonizer
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.