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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Other Words from colonization

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

Examples of colonization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the subsequent centuries, notes Encyclopedia Britannica, the 6- by 3-mile plot of land became a focal point of the transatlantic slave trade, undergoing alternating periods of British, French and Dutch colonization. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 June 2021 Otele, a Cameroonian citizen, says the history of German colonization in the country of her birth in the 19th century has been significantly underexplored. Suyin Haynes, Time, 28 May 2021 Over the last year, protesters in San Francisco and downtown Los Angeles have toppled statues of Father Junípero Serra, who served as principal architect of the California mission system during the era of Spanish colonization. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2021 And it’s [an] idea that really emerges in the aftermath of 19th-century European colonization of the rest of the world. The Atlantic, 26 Mar. 2021 The former being an unflinching exploration of cultural colonization of Indigenous people, and the latter a shining example of what representation can look like — in front of the camera and behind it., 7 Dec. 2020 The humans conducting the experiment will initiate this symbiosis by adding the bacteria to the animals and observing what happens during the first few hours as colonization takes place. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 26 May 2021 World Bee Day started in Slovenia with a petition to the United Nations in an effort to raise global awareness of the staggering decline in bee colonization worldwide, explains Corey Blick, senior vice president of Comvita North America. Jeff Kart, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Others post embroidered art online about colonization’s ongoing legacy, in hopes of helping others reclaim their culture and history. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 May 2021

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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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17 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Colonization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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