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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
col•o•nize /ˈkɑləˌnaɪz/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object], -nized, -niz•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
col•o•ni•za•tion /ˌkɑlənəˈzeɪʃən/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]
col•o•niz•er, n. [countable]
- Governmentto establish a colony in; settle:They colonized the region.
(kol′ə nīz′),USA pronunciation v., -nized, -niz•ing. v.t.
- Governmentto establish a colony in;
settle:England colonized Australia.
- Governmentto form a colony of:to colonize laborers in a mining region.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] col′o•nise′.
- Governmentto form a colony:They went out to Australia to colonize.
- Governmentto settle in a colony.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
colonize, colonise /ˈkɒləˌnaɪz/ vb
ˌcoloniˈzation, ˌcoloniˈsation n ˈcoloˌnizer, ˈcoloˌniser n
- to send colonists to or establish a colony in (an area)
- to settle in (an area) as colonists
- (transitive) to transform (a community) into a colony
- (of plants and animals) to become established in (a new environment)
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