colonize

[kol-uh-nahyz]
verb (used with object), colonized, colonizing.
1.
to establish a colony in; settle: England colonized Australia.
2.
to form a colony of: to colonize laborers in a mining region.
verb (used without object), colonized, colonizing.
3.
to form a colony: They went out to Australia to colonize.
4.
to settle in a colony.
Also, especially British, colonise.


Origin:
1615–25; colon(y) + -ize

colonizable, adjective
colonizability, noun
colonization, noun
colonizationist, noun
colonizer, noun
intercolonization, noun
intercolonize, verb, intercolonized, intercolonizing.
recolonization, noun
recolonize, verb (used with object), recolonized, recolonizing.
uncolonize, verb (used with object), uncolonized, uncolonizing.
well-colonized, adjective
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colonize or colonise (ˈkɒləˌnaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to send colonists to or establish a colony in (an area)
2.  to settle in (an area) as colonists
3.  (tr) to transform (a community) into a colony
4.  (of plants and animals) to become established in (a new environment)
 
colonise or colonise
 
vb
 
'colonizable or colonise
 
adj
 
'colonisable or colonise
 
adj
 
coloni'zation or colonise
 
n
 
coloni'sation or colonise
 
n
 
'colonizer or colonise
 
n
 
'coloniser or colonise
 
n

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Word Origin & History

colonize
1620s, from stem of L. colonus, or directly from Eng. colony. Related: Colonized, pp. adj. (1620s).

colonization
1770, noun of action from colonize (q.v.).
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Science Dictionary
colonization   (kŏl'ə-nĭ-zā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The spreading of a species into a new habitat. For example, flying insects and birds are often the first animal species to initiate colonization of barren islands newly formed by vulcanism or falling water levels. The first plant species to colonize such islands are often transported there as airborne seeds or through the droppings of birds.
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Example sentences
The proposed robust human space flight program doesn't involve permanent
  colonization.
Political colonization has been replaced by economic colonization.
Colonization should be next, with an emphasis on developing industrial
  facilities that can be self sufficient, and profitable.
They have no history of colonization of imperialism.
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