WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
col•o•nize /ˈkɑləˌnaɪz/USA pronunciation v. [+ object],-nized, -niz•ing.

    Governmentto establish a colony in; settle:They colonized the region.
col•o•ni•za•tion/ˌkɑlənəˈzeɪʃən/USA pronunciationn. [uncountable]
col•o•niz•er,n. [countable]

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

colonize, colonise /ˈkɒləˌnaɪz/ vb
  1. to send colonists to or establish a colony in (an area)
  2. to settle in (an area) as colonists
  3. (transitive) to transform (a community) into a colony
  4. (of plants and animals) to become established in (a new environment)

ˌcoloniˈzation, ˌcoloniˈsation n ˈcoloˌnizer, ˈcoloˌniser n

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