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 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>
: to make or establish a colony : settle
Examples of colonize
The area was colonized in the 18th century.
Weeds quickly colonized the field.
The island had been colonized by plants and animals.
First Known Use of colonize
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Medical Definition of colonize
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
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>
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