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
Colonizing Mars is a challenge like no other that humankind has undertaken.
In the Gift Theatre's latest, a quarantined soldier and teenage girl face their pasts on a spacecraft sent to colonize a new planet.
Colonizing Mars is a challenge like no other humankind has ever undertaken.
By the second day, though, the patient's own microbes began colonizing the room's surfaces, replacing the bacteria from the previous person.
As for future lunar exploration, Duke, unlike Apollo 11 lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin, is not a fan of colonizing the moon because of its inhospitable environment.
Robinson is the author of 10 novels in three series (one speculates on colonizing Mars), 11 stand-alone novels and numerous short stories.
Each pursuing a pet project: Build reusable rockets and ultimately colonize Mars.
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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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