- 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 colonizers
Colonial rhetoric was often virtuous: colonizers would bring civilization to benighted Africans.Why Africa’s Turning Anti-Gay
March 31, 2014
Now, many Han Chinese view Tibetans as dangerous ingrates who have bitten the hand of their benevolent Chinese colonizers.Obama Stands Up to China
February 16, 2010
As colonizers of a new world they were confident in their own strength.Union and Democracy
Such were the trials of the second generation of colonizers.A short history of Rhode Island
George Washington Greene
The Dutch were ever colonizers and knew just how to plan and prepare a settlement.The Old Furniture Book
N. Hudson Moore
If the country was thickly settled there would be no room for colonizers.Forty Years Among the Indians
Daniel W. Jones
Immigrants apparently were difficult to obtain among the Swedes, who were not colonizers like the English.The Quaker Colonies
Sydney G. Fisher
- 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 colonizers
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.