colonizes, colonizing, colonized
(in BRIT, also use colonise)
1) VERB If people colonize a foreign country, they go to live there and take control of it.

[V n] The first British attempt to colonize Ireland was in the twelfth century...

[V n] Liberia was never colonised by the European powers...

[V-ed] For more than 400 years, we were a colonized people.

Derived words:
colonizer plural N-COUNT usu pl

To the former Belgian colonizers, Rwanda was a paradise.

colonization [[t]kɒ̱lənaɪze͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT usu with supp

...the European colonization of America.

2) VERB When large numbers of animals colonize a place, they go to live there and make it their home.

[V n] Toads are colonising the whole place.

3) VERB: usu passive When an area is colonized by a type of plant, the plant grows there in large amounts.

[be V-ed by n] The area was then colonized by scrub.

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