Definition of colonize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    colonize

     verb
    (British English also -ise)verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒlənaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːlənaɪz//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they colonize
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒlənaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːlənaɪz//
     
    he / she / it colonizes
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒlənaɪzɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːlənaɪzɪz//
     
    past simple colonized
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒlənaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːlənaɪzd//
     
    past participle colonized
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒlənaɪzd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːlənaɪzd//
     
    -ing form colonizing
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒlənaɪzɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːlənaɪzɪŋ//
     
     
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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. Wordfindercolonize, discover, explore, pioneer, reconnaissance, scout, settle, terrain, territory, voyage
  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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