colonize

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col·o·nize

verb \ˈkä-lə-ˌnīz\

: 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

col·o·nizedcol·o·niz·ing

Full Definition of COLONIZE

transitive verb
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>
2
:  to send illegal or irregularly qualified voters into <colonizing doubtful districts>
3
:  to infiltrate with usually subversive militants for propaganda and strategy reasons <colonize industries>
intransitive verb
:  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

1622

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Rhymes with COLONIZE

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col·o·nize

verb \ˈkäl-ə-ˌnīz\   (Medical Dictionary)
col·o·nizedcol·o·niz·ing

Medical Definition of COLONIZE

transitive verb
1
: to establish a colony in or on <the parasitic roundworms…have succeeded in colonizing a great variety of hosts—W. H. Dowdeswell>
2
: to isolate in supervised groups
intransitive verb
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>
col·o·ni·za·tion \ˌkäl-ə-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

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