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English definition of “colonize”

colonize

verb [T] ( also UK -ise)     /ˈkɒlənaɪz/
SEND PEOPLE to send people to live in and govern another country: [often passive] Burundi was first colonized by the Germans.Colonisation and self-governmentInternational politics and government
LIVE/GROW to start growing or living in large numbers in a place: Weeds quickly colonize areas of cleared ground.Living or sleeping somewhere
colonist     /ˈkɒlənɪst/ noun [C] someone who goes to colonize a countryPeople who live or settle somewhereColonisation and self-government colonization     /ˌkɒlənaɪˈzeɪʃən/ noun [U]
(Definition of colonize verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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