col·​o·​ni·​za·​tion | \ ˌkä-lə-nə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce colonization (audio) \

Definition of colonization

: an act or instance of colonizing

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colonizationist \ ˌkä-​lə-​nə-​ˈzā-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce colonizationist (audio) \ noun

Examples of colonization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One wall has long held an immense marble panel on which are written the names of 1,508 Belgians who died in the earliest years of colonization, before Leopold’s personal rule over the Congo ended in 1908. Adam Hochschild, The Atlantic, "The Fight to Decolonize the Museum," 15 Dec. 2019 During the Spanish colonization of Latin America in the 1500s, women gathered in public spaces to perform rituals of community and spirituality as a form of resistance. Sofia Quaglia, Quartz, "Women are invoking the witch to find their power in a patriarchal society," 31 Oct. 2019 Served hot or cold, coffee in Vietnam was first introduced around 1857 during French colonization. Anna Ben Yehuda Rahmanan, Fortune, "Vietnamese Egg Coffee Is Taking North America by Storm–but What Is It?," 3 Aug. 2019 Many Muslims view self-rule as a remedy for centuries of exploitation by Christians during colonization by Spain and the U.S. and later by Catholic presidents in Manila. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Philippine Vote on Muslim Self-Rule Puts Christians on Edge," 21 Jan. 2019 Remember the part where Wednesday was forced to wear a Pocahontas costume and participate in a wildly inaccurate Thanksgiving play meant to glorify colonization? Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Celebrating Native American Heritage Month: Dos and Donts," 12 Nov. 2019 After colonization, these traditions were Christianized and became incorporated into the Catholic holidays of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "Dia de los Muertos is more than sugar skulls. What it means to Louisville immigrants," 1 Nov. 2019 In the four years following the machine’s removal, no bacteria colonizations were reported. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Your Washing Machine Could Be a Breeding Ground for Hazardous Germs," 30 Sep. 2019 Japan has rejected the rulings, citing a 1965 agreement to normalize relations between Tokyo and Seoul that provided financial compensation for colonization and nullified all subsequent individual claims. Mayumi Negishi And Alastair Gale, WSJ, "North Korea’s Weapons Program Fuels Tokyo’s Trade Spat With Seoul," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of colonization

1766, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of colonization was in 1766

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18 Jan 2020

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“Colonization.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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