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colonize

verb [T often passive] uk ( UK usually colonise)   /ˈkɒl.ə.naɪz/ us    /ˈkɑː.lə-/
to send people to live in and govern another country: Peru was colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century.
colonization
noun [U] uk ( UK usually colonisation)   /ˌkɒl.ə.naɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us    /ˌkɑː.lə.nə-/
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