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 Who would have thought 25 years ago—when Marie Claire first launched in the U.S.—that in 2019, there would be social media, self-driving cars, or a shot at colonizing Mars? The Editors, Marie Claire, "Women Changing the Future," 11 Sep. 2019 The Starship and Super Heavy system is at the core of SpaceX stated mission: to colonize Mars. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "SpaceX's Starhopper prototype soars in 150-meter 'hop test'," 28 Aug. 2019 SpaceX’s first prototype for its Mars-colonizing Starship vehicle aced its final test flight today (Aug. 27), rising several hundred feet off the ground at the company’s facility in the tiny South Texas town of Boca Chica. Mike Wall, Scientific American, "SpaceX Starhopper Rocket Prototype Aces Highest (and Final) Test Flight," 28 Aug. 2019 SpaceX’s Elon Musk also is rooting for the moon, although his heart is on colonizing Mars. Washington Post, "Moon back in NASA’s court 50 years after 1st lunar landing," 21 July 2019 On Chimborazo, gray-green lichens and pillows of moss are colonizing the rocks and gravel recently bared by retreating ice. Tim Appenzeller, Science | AAAS, "Global warming has made iconic Andean peak unrecognizable," 11 Sep. 2019 There’s the Japanese government, which colonized Korea in 1910 and conscripted hundreds of thousands of Koreans to serve its war effort at the height of World War II. Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times, "Japan, Korea and the messy question of how to pay for historic wrongs," 17 Aug. 2019 Short-term apartment rental companies with a new twist on a classic concept are colonizing downtown Chicago buildings. Joanne Cleaver, chicagotribune.com, "Like Airbnb-hotel hybrids, short-term rental startups are setting up shop in Chicago," 15 July 2019 By the early 19th century, the Spanish had been colonizing California for decades, and the last Chumash residents were leaving the island. Christopher Reynolds, latimes.com, "On Santa Cruz, California’s largest island, foxes play and a traffic jam is 6 kayaks," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of colonize

1622, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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colonize

verb
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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 colonization (audio) \ noun

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