colonization

noun
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 colonizationist (audio) \ noun

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No one knows colonization better than the colonized, and black folks wasted no time in recolonizing Wakanda. Carvell Wallace, New York Times, "Why ‘Black Panther’ Is a Defining Moment for Black America," 12 Feb. 2018 It’s as though being black equates to having to struggle, especially when colonization comes into play. Carolyn Hinds, The Root, "Black Panther: An Allegory of the World Wanting Blackness but Not Black People," 2 Feb. 2018 The best books of this year told stories of interstellar colonization, of fantastic magical civilizations, optimistic alternate worlds, and devastating potential futures. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of colonization

1766, in the meaning defined above

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