colonize

verb
col·​o·​nize | \ ˈkä-lə-ˌnīz How to pronounce colonize (audio) \
colonized; colonizing

Definition of colonize

transitive verb

1a : to establish a colony in or on or of colonize an island
b : 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

intransitive verb

: to make or establish a colony : settle

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Other Words from colonize

colonizer noun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web In the late 16th century, frustrated by continuing native Irish resistance, Protestant England implemented an aggressive plan to fully colonize Ireland and stamp out Irish Catholicism. James Waller, The Conversation, 12 Apr. 2021 The complexes were built by Franciscan missionaries in the 18th century and illustrate the Spanish Crown's efforts to colonize, evangelize and defend the northern frontier of New Spain. Liz Cantrell, Travel + Leisure, 31 May 2021 So if your towels stay damp and contain your skin cells, then these microbes can colonize, according to Dr. Meschke. Jessica Toscano, SELF, 13 May 2021 But the notion of the western frontier offering limitless opportunity to colonize—framed as limitless freedom, resources, and promise of transformation—is less attractive when you are raised at its terminus. Jordan Kisner, The Atlantic, 19 Apr. 2021 Suddenly humans can access and colonize space outside of our Solar System. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, 11 Dec. 2020 In one segment, Mr. Musk, who longs to colonize Mars, issued commands to a Mars mission that relied on a slacker character played by Pete Davidson. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 9 May 2021 In between plotting to colonize Mars, hawking vacations in space, promoting the satirical cryptocurrency Dogecoin, and designing near-supersonic capsules as new-age subways, Musk will spend this Saturday hosting Saturday Night Live. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 7 May 2021 So to suppress their feelings and keep them on task, the young and attractive crew of the Humanitas, a deep-space mission to colonize a habitable planet to replace the dying Earth, are drugged without their knowledge. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of colonize

1622, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of colonize was in 1622

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18 Jun 2021

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“Colonize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colonize. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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colonize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of colonize

: 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

verb
col·​o·​nize | \ ˈkä-lə-ˌnīz How to pronounce colonize (audio) \
colonized; colonizing

Kids Definition of colonize

1 : to establish a colony in or on
2 : to settle in a colony

colonize

verb
col·​o·​nize | \ ˈkäl-ə-ˌnīz How to pronounce colonize (audio) \
colonized; colonizing

Medical Definition of colonize

transitive verb

1 : 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 verb

of 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

Other Words from colonize

colonization \ ˌkäl-​ə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce colonize (audio) \ noun

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