col·​o·​ni·​za·​tion | \ ˌkä-lə-nə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of colonization

: an act or instance of colonizing

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colonizationist \ ˌkä-​lə-​nə-​ˈzā-​sh(ə-​)nist \ noun

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Many East Timorese say the refinery project is a symbol of their right to self-determination after hundreds of years of colonization. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Power Play: Tiny East Timor Bets Big on Oil and Gas," 13 Oct. 2018 Starting in 1900, the Open Door policy, advanced by the U.S., spared China from European colonization. Maurice R. Greenberg, WSJ, "Some Friendly Advice for China’s Leaders," 21 Aug. 2018 The Imperial Japanese Army took it over during Japan’s colonization of the peninsula from 1910 to 1945. Washington Post, "US ends 70 years of military presence in S. Korean capital," 29 June 2018 The second possibility involves 21st-century colonization of developing countries, creating super-economies. Andrew Barron, Smithsonian, "The Countries Poised To Become “Renewable Superpowers”," 20 Feb. 2018 But looting picked up steam in the 1700s with the Russian colonization of Siberia. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Satellites watch over the graves of ancient steppe nomads," 26 Dec. 2018 The company’s website says BFR could be used for cargo trips and the eventual colonization of life on Mars, as well for high-speed travel on Earth. Shelby Fleig, USA TODAY, "SpaceX to build new Mars-bound Falcon rocket in Los Angeles," 17 Apr. 2018 Tucked high amid rough mountains, Lesotho was spared much of the colonization of its neighbors, and Coogler based much of his concept of Wakanda on it. Carvell Wallace, New York Times, "Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America," 12 Feb. 2018 Scientists in the public and private sectors are advancing bold ideas, such as SpaceX's dream of future colonization. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Firing a Giant Laser Into Space Could Help Find Aliens, MIT Scientist Says," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of colonization

1766, in the meaning defined above

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a servile follower or underling

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