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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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 That invasive bee species arrived in Texas in 1990 and has colonized parts of the southern U.S. and caused human deaths. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 4 May 2020 SpaceX’s funded proposal centers on its huge Starship vehicle, which the company is already developing to help colonize Mars and enable a variety of other ambitious exploration feats. Mike Wall, Scientific American, "NASA Selects Companies to Develop Human Lunar Landers," 30 Apr. 2020 Expensive expeditions Needless to say, the challenges of colonizing Mars are many. Ben Lamm, Quartz, "The problems we’re solving for on Earth will only follow us to Mars," 5 Dec. 2019 SpaceX fans will be listening closely to Musk's talk in Boca Chica next week for updates on how the specifics of Starship and Super Heavy's design may have changed since Musk gave his last in-depth talk about colonizing Mars in September 2017. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "Elon Musk teases photos of Mars rocket prototype," 18 Sep. 2019 SpaceX's Elon Musk also is rooting for the moon, although his heart is on colonizing Mars. Author: Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, "Moon back in NASA’s court 50 years after 1st lunar landing," 22 July 2019 This would help the United States maintain its influence in space and be a useful step if, and when, the prospect of colonizing Mars becomes a reality. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "A brief history of moon exploration," 5 July 2019 The very land on which Congress now sits was first colonized by theVirginia Company of London, a joint-stock company chartered by King James I and his fellow shareholders. Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò, The New Republic, "Corporations Are Salivating Over the Coronavirus Pandemic," 3 Apr. 2020 No records left by ordinary Picts who were colonized by the Vikings exist, but Scandinavian sources suggest that Orkney may have been deserted by the time the invaders arrived—or, alternatively, that it was violently purged of its inhabitants. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "U.K. Storms Unearth Bones From Historic Scottish Cemetery—and Archaeologists Are Worried," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of colonize

1622, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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“Colonize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colonize. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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colonize

verb
How to pronounce colonize (audio)

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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