verb (used with object), col·o·nized, col·o·niz·ing.
verb (used without object), col·o·nized, col·o·niz·ing.
Examples from the Web for colonised
Even on the Coromandel coast the southern parts are said to have been colonised earlier than the centre.The History of Antiquity, Volume IV (of 6)|Max Duncker
The removal of the settlers from Norfolk Island, colonised in 1788, was the next most important event.The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)|John West
One of his ancestors, Sir Thomas Warner, colonised most of these islands for the crown—in the seventeenth century.The Gorgeous Isle|Gertrude Atherton
All these countries have been colonised by the French, Spaniards, or Portuguese.
The assertion, however, is not strictly correct; for so early as the fourth century Armorica had been colonised from Wales.The History of Chivalry, Volume II (of 2)|Charles Mills
British Dictionary definitions for colonised
Word Origin and History for colonised
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.