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v. col·o·nized, col·o·niz·ing, col·o·niz·es
1. To form or establish a colony or colonies in.
2. To migrate to and settle in; occupy as a colony.
3. To resettle or confine (persons) in or as if in a colony.
4. To subjugate (a population) to or as if to a colonial government.
1. To form or establish a colony.
2. To settle in a colony or colonies.

col′o·niz′er n.


(ˈkɒləˌnaɪzd) or


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (of a territory) settled as a colony
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) subject to the rule of an another country
3. (Environmental Science) ecology inhabited by newly established plants or animals
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.colonized - inhabited by colonists
inhabited - having inhabitants; lived in; "the inhabited regions of the earth"


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As I was not rich enough to possess a watch, I could not tell how time was passing, except by observing the slowly lengthening shadows from the window; which presented a side view, including a corner of the park, a clump of trees whose topmost branches had been colonized by an innumerable company of noisy rooks, and a high wall with a massive wooden gate: no doubt communicating with the stable-yard, as a broad carriage-road swept up to it from the park.
There was no post office in Great Britain until 1656--a generation after America had begun to be colonized.
He only wondered why the girl should have any doubts as to the ability of an Englishman to speak English, and then suddenly it occurred to him that she probably looked upon him merely as a beast of the jungle who by accident had learned to speak German through frequenting the district which Germany had colonized.
People of the subcontinent lived in harmony until the British colonized this peaceful country by overthrowing its Muslim rulers in their policy of divide and rule, which worked in Asia and Africa.
By planting the internally colonized seed, the bacteria get activated and proliferate and colonize the offspring generation plants.
In their view, world Christianity is in need of a new postcolonial landscape in which colonizing missionaries and the colonized local people should "see each other as learners and educators who are willing to teach and to be taught" (97).
In examining the levels of staph colonization on the skin of four patients with diabetes, the researchers estimate that exposure to the bacterial superantigens for people who are heavily colonized by staph is proportional to the doses of superantigen that caused the rabbits to develop diabetes symptoms in the team's experiments.
Many of the older documents and books about Puerto Rico were written by those who colonized it, and therefore reflect a strong bias.
5,6) Another study reported a 5- to 10-fold increased risk of infection once a patient was colonized with VRE.
Al-Jbour added that the residents did not know about this declaration and that part of these colonized lands had been used to build homes.
During three individual eight-week periods, separated by three to four weeks, the study compared the DDS-1 strain to two strains that are known to colonize successfully in the gut, but are not known to be probiotic in nature: one that has an ancient history with humans (Lactobacillus reuteri PTA-6475), and one that successfully colonized a healthy adult human (Lactobacillus mucosae FSL-04).
According to the authors, these films have always played a pivotal role in accentuating the main features of Eurocentrism: an undermining of the identities--racial, sexual, and cultural--of the colonized peoples and a manipulation--by the Western male--of the role played by the White female in a colonial context.