Meaning of “colonize” in the English Dictionary

"colonize" in British English

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colonizeverb [ T often passive ]

UK usually colonise uk /ˈkɒl.ə.naɪz/ us /ˈkɑː.lə.naɪz/

to send people to live in and govern another country:

Peru was colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century.
colonization
noun [ U ] UK usually colonisation uk /ˌkɒl.ə.naɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌkɑː.lə.nəˈzeɪ.ʃən/

(Definition of “colonize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)