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Definition of “colonize” - Learner’s Dictionary

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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