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Verb: colonize  'kó-lu,nIz
  1. Settle as a colony; of countries in the developing world
    "Europeans colonized Africa in the 17th century";
    - colonise [Brit]
     
  2. Settle as colonists or establish a colony (in)
    "The British colonized the East Coast";
    - colonise [Brit]

Derived forms: colonizing, colonizes, colonized

Type of: annex, locate, settle

Antonym: decolonize

Encyclopedia: Colonize