English definition of “colonize”
colonize (also UK -ise)
/ˈkɒlənaɪz/ verb [T]
SEND PEOPLE › to send people to live in and govern another country: [often passive] Burundi was first colonized by the Germans.
LIVE/GROW › to start growing or living in large numbers in a place: Weeds quickly colonize areas of cleared ground. colonist
/ˈkɒlənɪst/ noun [C] › someone who goes to colonize a country colonization
/ˌkɒlənaɪˈzeɪʃən/ noun [U]