We were colonized by the English language, and in turn, colonized it.
They seek to live in harmony with the new planet they have colonized.
For 300 years, Europeans and Americans colonized much of Africa and enslaved millions of its people.
Banks first colonized botanical knowledge then transplanted it to the colonies.
The result: Europeans discovered and colonized the Americas.
New France was colonized by a government, New England by a people.
We have carried our law to all the planets we have colonized.
From the 9th century onwards we find accounts of various races who had colonized the island.
A still more difficult one arose when Warwick was colonized.
In 1419 the Madeira Islands were rediscovered and colonized by Portuguese settlers.
1620s, "to settle with colonists," from stem of Latin colonus "tiller of the soil, farmer" (see colony); in sense "to make another place into a national dependency" without regard for settlement there by 1790s (e.g. in reference to French activity in Egypt or British work in India), and probably directly from colony.
No principle ought ever to be tolerated or acted upon, that does not proceed on the basis of India being considered as the temporary residence of a great British Establishment, for the good government of the country, upon steady and uniform principles, and of a large British factory, for the beneficial management of its trade, upon rules applicable to the state and manners of the country. [Henry Dundas, Chairman of the East-India Company, letter, April 2, 1800]Related: Colonized; colonizing.