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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.
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(ˈkɒləˌnaɪz) or


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to send colonists to or establish a colony in (an area)
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to settle in (an area) as colonists
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (tr) to transform (a community) into a colony
4. (Environmental Science) (of plants and animals) to become established in (a new environment)
ˈcoloˌnizable, ˈcoloˌnisable adj
ˌcoloniˈzation, ˌcoloniˈsation n
ˈcoloˌnizer, ˈcoloˌniser n
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(ˈkɒl əˌnaɪz)

v. -nized, -niz•ing. v.t.
1. to establish a colony in; settle.
2. to form a colony of.
3. to form a colony.
4. to settle in a colony.
col′o•niz`a•ble, adj.
col`o•ni•za′tion, n.
col′o•niz`er, n.
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Past participle: colonized
Gerund: colonizing

I colonize
you colonize
he/she/it colonizes
we colonize
you colonize
they colonize
I colonized
you colonized
he/she/it colonized
we colonized
you colonized
they colonized
Present Continuous
I am colonizing
you are colonizing
he/she/it is colonizing
we are colonizing
you are colonizing
they are colonizing
Present Perfect
I have colonized
you have colonized
he/she/it has colonized
we have colonized
you have colonized
they have colonized
Past Continuous
I was colonizing
you were colonizing
he/she/it was colonizing
we were colonizing
you were colonizing
they were colonizing
Past Perfect
I had colonized
you had colonized
he/she/it had colonized
we had colonized
you had colonized
they had colonized
I will colonize
you will colonize
he/she/it will colonize
we will colonize
you will colonize
they will colonize
Future Perfect
I will have colonized
you will have colonized
he/she/it will have colonized
we will have colonized
you will have colonized
they will have colonized
Future Continuous
I will be colonizing
you will be colonizing
he/she/it will be colonizing
we will be colonizing
you will be colonizing
they will be colonizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been colonizing
you have been colonizing
he/she/it has been colonizing
we have been colonizing
you have been colonizing
they have been colonizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been colonizing
you will have been colonizing
he/she/it will have been colonizing
we will have been colonizing
you will have been colonizing
they will have been colonizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been colonizing
you had been colonizing
he/she/it had been colonizing
we had been colonizing
you had been colonizing
they had been colonizing
I would colonize
you would colonize
he/she/it would colonize
we would colonize
you would colonize
they would colonize
Past Conditional
I would have colonized
you would have colonized
he/she/it would have colonized
we would have colonized
you would have colonized
they would have colonized
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.colonize - settle as a colony; of countries in the developing world; "Europeans colonized Africa in the 17th century"
annex - take (territory) as if by conquest; "Hitler annexed Lithuania"
decolonise, decolonize - grant independence to (a former colony); "West Africa was decolonized in the early 1960's"
2.colonize - settle as colonists or establish a colony (in); "The British colonized the East Coast"
locate, settle - take up residence and become established; "The immigrants settled in the Midwest"
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verb settle, populate, put down roots in, people, pioneer, open up The first British attempt to colonize Ireland was in the twelfth century.
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[ˈkɒlənaɪz] VTcolonizar
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[ˈkɒlənaɪz] colonise (British) vt [+ country] → coloniser
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[ˈkɒləˌnaɪz] vtcolonizzare
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(ˈkoləni) plural ˈcolonies noun
1. (a group of people who form) a settlement in one country etc which is under the rule of another country. France used to have many colonies in Africa.
2. a group of people having the same interests, living close together. a colony of artists.
3. a collection of animals, birds etc, of one type, living together. a colony of gulls.
coˈlonial (-ˈlou-) adjective
Britain was formerly a colonial power.
coˈlonialism noun
coˈlonialist noun
and adjective.
ˈcolonize, ˈcolonise verb
to establish a colony in (a place). The English colonized New England in 1620.
ˈcolonist noun
ˌcoloniˈzation, ˌcoloniˈsation noun
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Memmi in The Colonizer and the Colonize identifies this process of depersonalization as the mark of the plural in the sense that, the colonized native vis-a-vis the colonizer is an amorphous collectivity as if moved by the same collective essence: "The colonized is never characterized in an individual manner, he is entitled only to drown in an anonymous collectivity (they are this, they are all the same)" (85).
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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).
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