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 colonization (audio) \ noun

Examples of colonization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Any efforts to address environmental concerns through the Catholic Church that do not grapple with its history of colonization will come up short. The New Yorker, "The Mail," 1 Mar. 2021 Eoin: Since the era of colonization, the ruling ideology has cast Black people outside of time – characterizing them as non-historic people who have no impact on progress. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "Equal time? Why time is a social justice issue," 5 Apr. 2021 Coffee trade steeps on the laurels of colonization and human sacrifice. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, "How the pandemic and social unrest motivated a new coalition to build an equitable foundation for the coffee industry," 28 Mar. 2021 Sometimes indigenous leaders—especially monarchs, like Chief Pomare of Tahiti and Hawaii’s King Kamehameha II—could stave off colonization by adopting constitutions. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "When Constitutions Took Over the World," 22 Mar. 2021 This Atlanta tragedy lies at an intersection of race, gender, class and the legacy of America's history of colonization and violence in Asia ... NBC News, "Asian Americans are both grieving and angry over Atlanta-area killings," 18 Mar. 2021 Serra was the founder of California’s mission system, which assimilated indigenous people to Catholicism and Spanish culture and was a key strategy of Spanish colonization. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Unified changes name of Junipero Serra High School, removes conquistador mascot," 9 Mar. 2021 Scribner offers a rapid tour d’horizon and enlists examples of water spirits from North America before settlement by Europeans, South Africa before colonization, Japan, India, the Caribbean, and Australasia. Marina Warner, The New York Review of Books, "Splash," 9 Mar. 2021 But that is not how the land was prior to colonization, when Indigenous nations and communities across the country actively managed and stewarded their natural relatives. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Tribal Coalition Fighting to Save Monarch Butterflies," 4 Mar. 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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30 Apr 2021

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“Colonization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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