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verb col·o·nize \ˈkä-lə-ˌnīz\

Simple Definition of colonize

  • : to create a colony in or on (a place) : to take control of (an area) and send people to live there

  • : to move into and live in (a place) as a new type of plant or animal

Full Definition of colonize


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to establish a colony in or on or of <colonize an island> b :  to establish in a colony <the rights of colonized people>

  3. 2 :  to send illegal or irregularly qualified voters into <colonizing doubtful districts>

  4. 3 :  to infiltrate with usually subversive militants for propaganda and strategy reasons <colonize industries>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to make or establish a colony :  settle

col·o·niz·er noun

Examples of colonize

  1. The area was colonized in the 18th century.

  2. Weeds quickly colonized the field.

  3. The island had been colonized by plants and animals.


First Known Use of colonize


Rhymes with colonize

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COLONIZE Defined for Kids


verb col·o·nize \ˈkä-lə-ˌnīz\

Definition of colonize


  1. 1 :  to establish a colony in or on

  2. 2 :  to settle in a colony

Medical Dictionary


verb col·o·nize \ˈkäl-ə-ˌnīz\

Medical Definition of colonize


  1. transitive verb

  2. 1:  to establish a colony in or on <the parasitic roundworms…have succeeded in colonizing a great variety of hosts—W. H. Dowdeswell>

  3. 2:  to isolate in supervised groups

  4. intransitive verb

  5. of microorganisms :  to become established in a habitat (as a host or a wound) <these bacteria in turn colonize in other parts of the body—R. A. Runnells>

  6. col·o·ni·za·tion \ˌkäl-ə-nə-ˈzā-shən\play noun

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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