WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
col•o•nize /ˈkɑləˌnaɪz/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object],-nized, -niz•ing.
col•o•ni•za•tion/ˌkɑlənəˈzeɪʃən/USA pronunciationn. [uncountable]
Governmentto establish a colony in; settle:They colonized the region.
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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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