What does colonize mean?

Definitions for colonizeˈkɒl əˌnaɪz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word colonize.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. colonize, colonise(verb)

    settle as a colony; of countries in the developing world

    "Europeans colonized Africa in the 17th century"

  2. colonize, colonise(verb)

    settle as colonists or establish a colony (in)

    "The British colonized the East Coast"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Colonize(verb)

    to plant or establish a colony or colonies in; to people with colonists; to migrate to and settle in

  2. Colonize(verb)

    to remove to, and settle in, a distant country; to make a colony

  3. Origin: [Cf. F. coloniser.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of colonize in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of colonize in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Alessandro Di Battista:

    As a result they create more and more slaves, they want to colonize the south of Europe and so the peoples of southern Europe have to unite.

  2. Pope Francis:

    This is ideological colonization. They colonize people with ideas that try to change mentalities or structures, but this is not new. This was done by the dictatorships of the last century.

  3. Melina Jampolis:

    I think in general we are beginning to understand that the health of the gut and the bacteria that colonize the gut (the microbiome) is critical to many aspects of good health, including brain health.

  4. Bobby Jindal:

    You can call them whatever term you want but absolutely there are neighborhoods where we have communities of people that don't want to integrate, don't want to assimilate, they're actually going in there to colonize, to overtake the culture. That's what's going to happen in America if we're not careful.

  5. Christian Yates:

    Traditionally people thought that cells didn't make it to the front of embryos to pigment the belly because they just weren't migrating fast enough, what we've been able to show through our studies is that actually, if anything, cells in piebald animals migrate faster but they're just not proliferating enough. They're not making enough daughter cells to colonize - or cover - the whole region of the skin that needs to be covered by the time the pigmentation pattern is set down.

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