col•o•nizePronunciation: (kol'u-nīz"), [key]
—v., -nized, -niz•ing.
to establish a colony in; settle: England colonized Australia.
to form a colony of: to colonize laborers in a mining region.
to form a colony: They went out to Australia to colonize.
to settle in a colony. Also, esp. Brit.,col'o•nise".
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