[ kol-uh-nahyz ]
/ ˈkɒl əˌnaɪz /
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verb (used with object), col·o·nized, col·o·niz·ing.
to establish a colony in; settle: England colonized Australia.
to form a colony of: to colonize laborers in a mining region.
verb (used without object), col·o·nized, col·o·niz·ing.
to form a colony: They went out to Australia to colonize.
to settle in a colony.
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Also especially British, col·o·nise .
OTHER WORDS FROM colonize
col·o·niz·a·ble, adjectivecol·o·niz·a·bil·i·ty, nouncol·o·ni·za·tion, nouncol·o·ni·za·tion·ist, noun
col·o·niz·er, nounin·ter·col·o·ni·za·tion, nounin·ter·col·o·nize, verb, in·ter·col·o·nized, in·ter·col·o·niz·ing.re·col·o·ni·za·tion, nounre·col·o·nize, verb (used with object), re·col·o·nized, re·col·o·niz·ing.un·col·o·nize, verb (used with object), un·col·o·nized, un·col·o·niz·ing.well-col·o·nized, adjective
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How to use colonize in a sentence
He died regretted, in the year this dependency was colonised.
London is already colonised by Germans—colonised, that is to say, in urban and money-making fashion.Mr. Grex of Monte Carlo|E. Phillips Oppenheim
England had been colonised by Julius Cæsar, and was a country with a government even before that.A Little Girl of Long Ago|Amanda Millie Douglas
England stands to her acquisitions, whether conquered or peacefully colonised, in the relationship of head of the family.Ireland as It Is|Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
The Phoenicians and the Greeks, with unremembered drifts behind them, colonised the Mediterranean.The Human Drift|Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for colonize
/ (ˈkɒləˌnaɪz) /
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)
Derived forms of colonizecolonizable or colonisable, adjectivecolonization or colonisation, nouncolonizer or coloniser, noun
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