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colonynoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑl·ə·ni/
politics & government a ​country or ​areacontrolledpolitically by a more ​powerfulcountry A colony is also a ​group of ​people with a ​sharedinterest or ​job who ​live together: an ​artists’ colony A colony is also a ​group of ​animals, ​insects, or ​plants of the same ​type that ​live together: an ​ant colony
colonize
verb [T]  us   /ˈkɑl·əˌnɑɪz/
Peru was colonized by the Spanish in the 16th ​century.
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colonynoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒl.ə.ni/  us   /ˈkɑː.lə-/

colony noun [C] (GROUP)

a ​country or ​areacontrolledpolitically by a more ​powerfulcountry that is often ​far away: Australia and New Zealand are former British colonies. a ​group of ​people who ​live in a colony a ​group of ​people with a ​sharedinterest or ​job who ​live together in a way that is ​separate from other ​people: an ​artists' colony a ​nudist colony specialized biology a ​group of ​animals, ​insects, or ​plants of the same ​type that ​live together: a colony of ​ants/​termites/​bacteria
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colony noun [C] (HOUSES)

Indian English an ​areasurrounded by ​fences or ​walls that ​contains a ​group of ​houses, for ​examplehouses that have been ​built by an ​employer for ​itsworkers
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