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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]
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