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Definition of colonize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    colonize

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈkɑləˌnaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they colonize
     
    he / she / it colonizes
     
    past simple colonized
     
    -ing form colonizing
     
     
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  1. 1colonize something to take control of an area or a country that is not your own, especially using force, and send people from your own country to live there The area was colonized by the Vikings.
  2. 2colonize something (biology) (of animals or plants) to live or grow in large numbers in a particular area The slopes are colonized by flowering plants. Bats had colonized the ruins.
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NAmE//ˌkɑlənəˈzeɪʃn//
 
noun [uncountable] the colonization of the “New World” plant colonization
NAmE//ˈkɑləˌnaɪzər//
 
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