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Princeton's WordNet

  1. colonization, colonisation, settlementnoun

    the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies

    "the British colonization of America"


  1. colonizationnoun

    The process of establishing a colony.


  1. Colonization

    Colonization, or colonisation, constitutes large-scale population movements wherein migrants maintain strong links with their, or their ancestors', former country – by such links, gain advantage over other inhabitants of the territory. When colonization takes place under the protection of colonial structures, it may be termed settler colonialism. This often involves the settlers dispossessing indigenous inhabitants, or instituting legal and other structures which disadvantage them.Colonization can be defined as a process of establishing foreign control over target territories or peoples for the purpose of cultivation, often by establishing colonies and possibly by settling them.In colonies established by Western European countries in the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand, settlers (supplemented by Central European, Eastern European, Asian, and African people) eventually formed a large majority of the population after assimilating, warring with, or driving away indigenous peoples. Elsewhere Western European settlers formed minority groups, often dominating the non-Western European majority.During the European colonization of Australia, New Zealand, and other places in Oceania, explorers, and colonists often regarded the landmasses as terra nullius ("empty land" in Latin). Owing to the absence of Western farming techniques, Europeans deemed the land unaltered by mankind and therefore treated it as uninhabited, despite the presence of indigenous populations. In the 19th century, laws and ideas such as Mexico's General Colonization Law and the United States' manifest destiny doctrine encouraged further colonization of the Americas, already begun in the 15th century. Despite countless declarations and referendums from the United Nations on the independence of colonial countries and peoples, implemented since 1946, there are in the world still over 60 colonies – sometimes designated territories – including Puerto Rico, Guam, and Bermuda.


  1. colonization

    Colonization refers to the act or process of establishing control or dominance over a territory, often uninhabited or inhabited by indigenous groups, by a more powerful, foreign entity. This usually involves the migration of a significant amount of people from the colonizing country to the new territory. The process can result in significant changes in the social, political, economic, and cultural structures of the colonized region.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Colonizationnoun

    the act of colonizing, or the state of being colonized; the formation of a colony or colonies

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. colonisation.]


  1. Colonization

    Colonization occurs whenever any one or more species populate an area. The term, which is derived from the Latin colere, "to inhabit, cultivate, frequent practice, tend, guard, respect", originally referred to humans. During the 19th century, biogeographers appropriated the term to also describe the activities of birds, bacteria, or plant species. Human colonization is a narrower category than the related concept of colonialism. Colonization refers strictly to migration, for example, to settler colonies, trading posts, and plantations, while colonialism deals with this, along with ruling the existing indigenous peoples of styled "new territories".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of colonization in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of colonization in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of colonization in a Sentence

  1. Karen Diver:

    This is treaty area for the Fond du Lac Band( of Lake Superior Chippewa). And, once again, we are going to bear the brunt of colonization, these will be new colonizers coming to the area, but it's going to because they're going to come here for reasons that have nothing to do with anything that Tribal people have done.

  2. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault:

    John Kerry cannot come on May 30. It's postponed, it will take place, it will take place in the course of the summer, this initiative is necessary because if nothing happens, if there is no strong French initiative, then colonization, attacks, terrorist attacks and several conflicts are going to continue.

  3. Med Jones:

    The historical crusades against Muslim lands, the colonization of Spain by the Muslim Moors and India by the British were all driven by economic interests, despite the advertised reasons that were used to mobilize their armies at the time. In my opinion, the invasion of Iraq was not about spreading democracy or weapons of mass destruction, it was about the oil.

  4. Osprey Orielle Lake:

    The climate crisis really emerged from interlocking systems of capitalism, resource extraction, racism, patriarchy and colonization, it’s beyond past time to end the tragic cycle of endless economic growth based on sacrificed peoples and sacrificed lands.

  5. Antoine Mubidiki:

    My feeling is that we should start having good Congolese-Belgium relations again, like before, despite what the Belgians did to us during colonization, we are ready to forgive.

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