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colonize

[ 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 .

Origin of colonize

First recorded in 1615–25; colon(y) + -ize
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British Dictionary definitions for colonize

colonize

colonise

/ (ˈkɒləˌnaɪz) /

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