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

Definition of recolonize

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

First Known Use of recolonize

circa 1765, in the meaning defined above

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“Recolonize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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