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[ter-i-tawr-ee-uh-lahyz, -tohr-]
verb (used with object), ter·ri·to·ri·al·ized, ter·ri·to·ri·al·iz·ing.
  1. to extend by adding new territory.
  2. to reduce to the status of a territory.
  3. to make territorial.
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Also especially British, ter·ri·to·ri·al·ise.

Origin of territorialize

First recorded in 1810–20; territorial + -ize
Related formster·ri·to·ri·al·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for territorialization



verb (tr)
  1. to make a territory of
  2. to place on a territorial basisthe militia was territorialized
  3. to enlarge (a country) by acquiring more territory
  4. to make territorial
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Derived Formsterritorialization or territorialisation, noun
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