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COLONIZE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does colonize mean? 

COLONIZE (verb)
  The verb COLONIZE has 2 senses:

1. settle as a colony; of countries in the developing world
2. settle as colonists or establish a colony (in)

  Familiarity information: COLONIZE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


COLONIZE (verb)


Sense 1colonize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Settle as a colony; of countries in the developing world

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

colonise; colonize

Context example:

Europeans colonized Africa in the 17th century

Hypernyms (to "colonize" is one way to...):

annex (take (territory) as if by conquest)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Antonym:

decolonize (grant independence to (a former colony))


Sense 2colonize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Settle as colonists or establish a colony (in)

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

colonise; colonize

Context example:

The British colonized the East Coast

Hypernyms (to "colonize" is one way to...):

locate; settle (take up residence and become established)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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