[ 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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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
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
Colonial rhetoric was often virtuous: colonizers would bring civilization to benighted Africans.Why Africa’s Turning Anti-Gay|Jay Michaelson|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Now, many Han Chinese view Tibetans as dangerous ingrates who have bitten the hand of their benevolent Chinese colonizers.Obama Stands Up to China|Isabel Hilton|February 16, 2010|DAILY BEAST
The Spanish were not only the first conquerors of the New World, and its first colonizers, but also its first civilizers.The Spanish Pioneers|Charles F. Lummis
Min and I got to thinking of all those robot colonizers who'd be coming out here.The Love of Frank Nineteen|David Carpenter Knight
Dutch merchants, Dutch fishermen, and Dutch colonizers made themselves felt as a force throughout the world.The Book of Art for Young People|Agnes Conway
The other five were all D-class colonizers, built during the Expansion when large populations were moved.The Misplaced Battleship|Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
Spanish historians add their testimony, and claim the Phoenicians as their principal colonizers.An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800|Mary Frances Cusack
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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