Definition of colonize
- colonize an island
- the rights of colonized people
- colonizing doubtful districts
- colonize industries
The area was colonized in the 18th century.
Weeds quickly colonized the field.
The island had been colonized by plants and animals.
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: 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
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