Definition of colonize
1a : to establish a colony in or on or of colonize an islandb : to establish in a colony the rights of colonized people
2 : to send illegal or irregularly qualified voters into colonizing doubtful districts
3 : to infiltrate with usually subversive militants for propaganda and strategy reasons colonize industries
: to make or establish a colony : settle
Examples of colonize in a Sentence
The area was colonized in the 18th century.
Weeds quickly colonized the field.
The island had been colonized by plants and animals.
Recent Examples of colonize from the Web
This adaptability has allowed coyotes to successfully colonize cities and subdivisions.
The particular strains of Bifidobacterium or Lactobacillus that are typically found in many yogurts and pills may not be the same kind that can survive the highly acidic environment of the human stomach and from there colonize the gut.
In other words, the enlarged range would further colonize this area of the park for golf.
More than any other Hollywood lawyer, Singer, seeing celebrity coverage metastasize from checkout lines to television to Twitter, has colonized territory other lawyers have shunned, and turned garbage into gold.
As anti-colonial movements erupted in the 1960s, colonized people across the globe recognized a unity of purpose between their struggles for self-determination and the struggle of black Americans.
JO: The areas further downstream (away from D.C.), in newer colonized areas (with suitable habitat), generally will have higher numbers –
Some chose to colonize under water, and another group decided to live in the clouds, so naturally their project hung from the ceiling from fishing line.
But Paisley’s supporters came from dissenter stock: Presbyterians, Methodists and evangelical Protestants whose British ancestors colonized Catholic Ireland during the 17th-century wars of religion.
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First Known Use of colonize
COLONIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of colonize for English Language Learners
: to create a colony in or on (a place) : to take control of (an area) and send people to live there
: to move into and live in (a place) as a new type of plant or animal
COLONIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of colonize for Students
1 : to establish a colony in or on
2 : to settle in a colony
Medical Definition of colonize
transitive verb: to establish a colony in or on the parasitic roundworms…have succeeded in colonizing a great variety of hosts—W. H. Dowdeswell
2: to isolate in supervised groups
intransitive verbof microorganisms : to become established in a habitat (as a host or a wound) these bacteria in turn colonize in other parts of the body—R. A. Runnells
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