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
Examples from the Web for colonize
“We are not saying we need to colonize the moon or anything crazy like that,” he added.
But executives have a lot to do with the larger agenda to emasculate and colonize.CeeLo and Goodie Mob on Their Comeback, Kanye West’s ‘Emotional Problems,’ More|Marlow Stern|August 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Coastal construction gives them more places for their polyp stages to colonize.Beware at the Beach, the Jellyfish Rule the Seas and It’s Our Fault|Lisa-ann Gershwin|June 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Her ancestors were Englishmen long ago, who upon the very British idea of colonialism left to colonize the Barbados.
The first serious proposal to colonize Australia came from an American Loyalist.Why the American Revolution's Loyalists Are True Patriots|Andrew Roberts|February 12, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The English nation were now at length prepared to make an efficient attempt to colonize the New World.The Conquest of Canada (Vol. 1 of 2)|George Warburton
So the English turned to the sea—to fish, to trade, to colonize.Influences of Geographic Environment|Ellen Churchill Semple
A large number of Mormons were sent on to colonize, and if possible to retain, the fertile Valley of Nevada.The Mormon Prophet and His Harem|C.V. Waite
It was its original design to colonize and secure to the British crown all the countries which it might explore and occupy.A History of Oregon, 1792-1849|William Henry Gray
The Spaniards now began to colonize the island and the town of Capana was the first one settled by them.Porto Rico|Arthur D. Hall
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.