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

Derived forms: colonises, colonised, colonising

Type of: annex, locate, settle

Antonym: decolonise [Brit]

Encyclopedia: Colonise