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colonize

[ kol-uh-nahyz ]
/ 藞k蓲l 蓹藢na瑟z /
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verb (used with object), col路o路nized, col路o路niz路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路o路nized, col路o路niz路ing.
to form a colony: They went out to Australia to colonize.
to settle in a colony.
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Origin of colonize

First recorded in 1615鈥25; colon(y) + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM colonize

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British Dictionary definitions for colonize

colonize

colonise

/ (藞k蓲l蓹藢na瑟z) /

verb
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 colonize

colonizable or colonisable, adjectivecolonization or colonisation, nouncolonizer or coloniser, noun
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