- 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 colonize
“We are not saying we need to colonize the moon or anything crazy like that,” he added.Wisconsin’s GOP Secession Panic
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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
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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
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Her ancestors were Englishmen long ago, who upon the very British idea of colonialism left to colonize the Barbados.This Week’s Hot Reads: May 7, 2012
May 8, 2012
The first serious proposal to colonize Australia came from an American Loyalist.Why the American Revolution's Loyalists Are True Patriots
February 12, 2011
For fifty years he had tried to colonize Mars and all his efforts had failed.Keep Out
The Ohio Company hastened to colonize its broad acres on the Muskingum.Union and Democracy
All their own to colonize and govern, and separated from home by just a breadth of danger.Pirate Gold
Frederic Jesup Stimson
So falls the curtain on the first attempt to colonize Canada.Canada: the Empire of the North
Agnes C. Laut
Thus some of the worst vagabonds of earth were gathered from the seaports of France to colonize the New World.
- 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 colonize
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.