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

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Its successful colonization there has been attributed to global warming, as its eggs have been able to survive increasingly warmer winter temperatures. Claire Marie Porter, WIRED, "This Voracious, Unstoppable Bug Is Killing Off Vineyards," 2 Aug. 2019 But that was Elon Musk, the guy running Tesla while testing rockets and planning Mars colonization. Popular Mechanics, "What AI Can Really Do Right Now," 17 Oct. 2017 Over the past few decades, international trade has increasingly (if unintentionally) altered the colonization rate. Quanta Magazine, "Lizard Stowaways Revise Principle of Ecology," 24 Sep. 2014 Reforms and end of colonialism Catholic missionaries worked mostly in European languages, contributing to the continent’s linguistic and cultural colonization. Joseph Hellweg, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s Catholic Church faces competition and a troubled legacy even as it grows," 12 Sep. 2019 When disease epidemics after European colonization wiped out as much as 95 percent of the Amazon’s indigenous inhabitants, the frequent, low-intensity burning stopped—and as the undergrowth returned, fuel loads increased. Kate Evans, National Geographic, "Ancient farmers burned the Amazon, but today's fires are very different," 5 Sep. 2019 One protester later thanked Pacific Place for saving their lives, and others took to an online forum to praise Swire, the developer operating the mall that has deep roots (paywall) in the city dating back to Britain’s colonization of Hong Kong. Mary Hui, Quartz, "How shopping malls became a battleground in Hong Kong’s protests," 23 July 2019 CANTERBURY -- Metal detecting enthusiasts Dave Wise and Todd Hiltz will share their experiences discovering relics from as early as the 1600s, the first period of New England colonization., "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 28 Aug. 2019 Today’s transportation routes, sources of water and living places were discovered and developed by the Kumeyaay in the pre-colonization period. Roger Showley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "250 years of San Diego," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of colonization

1766, in the meaning defined above

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