colonize

verb col·o·nize \ ˈkä-lə-ˌnīz \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of colonize

colonized; colonizing
transitive verb
1 a : 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

colonizer

noun

Examples of colonize in a Sentence

  1. The area was colonized in the 18th century.

  2. Weeds quickly colonized the field.

  3. The island had been colonized by plants and animals.

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First Known Use of colonize

1622

colonize Synonyms

Synonyms
settle, people, populate
Antonyms
depopulate, unpeople
Related Words
inhabit; move (to), relocate (to)

COLONIZE Defined for English Language Learners

colonize

verb

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

colonize

verb col·o·nize \ ˈkä-lə-ˌnīz \

Definition of colonize for Students

colonized; colonizing
1 : to establish a colony in or on
2 : to settle in a colony

Medical Dictionary

colonize

verb col·o·nize \ ˈkäl-ə-ˌnīz \

medical Definition of colonize

colonized; colonizing
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

colonization

play \ˌkäl-ə-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun


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