how to pronounce colonize


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An example use of colonize in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… could colonize either Venus as unlivable …”

meanings of colonize


  1. To intrude into and take over (the autonomy, experience, social movement, etc, of a less powerful person or group); to commandeer or appropriate.
  2. To settle (a place) with colonists, and hence make (a place) into a colony.
  3. To settle (a group of people, a species, or the like) in a place as a colony.
  4. To begin a colony or colonies.
  5. To settle among and establish control over (the indigenous people of an area).