recolonize

verb

re·​col·​o·​nize (ˌ)rē-ˈkä-lə-ˌnīz How to pronounce recolonize (audio)
recolonized; recolonizing; recolonizes

transitive verb

: to colonize (a previously colonized region or habitat) again
At the end of the ice age some 10,000 years ago, reindeer were among the first animals to recolonize northern Scandinavia.Bryan Alexander
The half-century's colonization of Normandy in the fifteenth century had been followed by plans to recolonize Ireland from about 1520 onward, but tentative efforts to put those plans into effect after 1550 had met with little success.David B. Quinn

Examples of recolonize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Using mulch or vigorous native groundcovers to cover bare soil will help discourage any new generations of ground ivy from recolonizing the site. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 7 Mar. 2024 Having basically recolonized independent Belarus, Putin insists Ukraine has no right to exist as an independent country. Trudy Rubin, Twin Cities, 15 May 2024 Those ingredients were essentially the same ones used to treat the bodies of New Kingdom royalty 2,500 years later, ensuring that decay-causing bacteria couldn’t recolonize the body once it had been dried out. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 6 Sep. 2023 Within a year, the once-black areas became dark again as the microorganisms started recolonizing the sterile plots — far more quickly than usually occurs with the lichens and other microbes in biocrusts. Zack Savitsky, Quanta Magazine, 12 July 2023 The latest example is particularly ironic: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attempt to restore the Russian empire by recolonizing Ukraine has opened the door to a postimperial Europe. Timothy Garton Ash, Foreign Affairs, 18 Apr. 2023 There are published studies demonstrating a rich diversity of plants and animals have recolonized the red forest like a wilderness preserve. Monique Brouillette, Popular Mechanics, 6 July 2023 Though the tribe still requires the park’s permission to harvest traditional foods like the salmon that are recolonizing streams on their ancestral homeland, there have been small advances — such as reestablishment of the annual Huna Tlingit harvest of glaucous-winged gull eggs. Lesley Evans Ogden, Discover Magazine, 7 Apr. 2023 Though the tribe still requires the park’s permission to harvest traditional foods like the salmon that are recolonizing streams on their ancestral homeland, there have been small advances—such as reestablishment of the annual Huna Tlingit harvest of glaucous-winged gull eggs. Lesley Evans Ogden, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1765, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recolonize was circa 1765

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“Recolonize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recolonize. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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