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colonizeverb [T often passive]

(UK usually colonise) uk   /ˈkɒl.ə.naɪz/  us   /ˈkɑː.lə-/
to ​sendpeople to ​live in and ​govern another ​country: Peru was colonized by the ​Spanish in the 16th ​century.
noun [U] (UK usually colonisation) uk   /ˌkɒl.ə.naɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌkɑː.lə.nə-/
(Definition of colonize from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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