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English definition of “colonize”

colonize

verb [T often passive] (UK usually colonise)     /ˈkɒl.ə.naɪz/ US  /ˈkɑː.lə-/
to send people to live in and govern another country: Peru was colonized by the Spanish in the 16th century.Colonisation and self-government colonization (UK usually colonisation)     /ˌkɒl.ə.naɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌkɑː.lə.nə-/ noun [U]
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