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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colonize
1620s, from stem of L. colonus, or directly from Eng. colony. Related: Colonized, pp. adj. (1620s).
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Example sentences
Among the challenges was how to colonize trees in the first place.
Lupines are not typically thought of as plants that colonize the middle of an
  empty landscape.
Indians have shown time and again, that when they enter an industry, they
  colonize and dominate it.
They refused to colonize other countries and they are not interested in a
  forever growing prosperity.
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