verb (used with object), col·o·nized, col·o·niz·ing.
verb (used without object), col·o·nized, col·o·niz·ing.
Origin of colonize
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Historical Examples of colonise
It was hunting that settled the Pelhams in a remote country and led them to colonise a waste.
Rumour says that your Government is going to send out a strong party of emigrants to colonise the eastern frontier.The Settler and the Savage
Old Jacob foretold that Joseph would be a fruitful bough, whose branches would run over the wall—that is, colonise.The Lost Ten Tribes, and 1882
He will discover, he will colonise, he will do all manner of beautiful things, at second hand: but he himself will be a courtier.Sir Walter Raleigh and his Time
For want of territory to colonise under her own flag, Japan has lost many subjects to alien flags.Problems of the Pacific
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.