transitive verb-·nized·, -·niz·ing
- to found or establish a colony or colonies in
- to settle (persons) in a colony
- to place (voters) illegally in (a district) so as to influence an election
- to found or establish a colony or colonies
- to settle in a colony
verbcol·o·nized, col·o·niz·ing, col·o·niz·es
- To form or establish a colony or colonies in.
- To migrate to and settle in; occupy as a colony.
- To resettle or confine (persons) in or as if in a colony.
- To subjugate (a population) to or as if to a colonial government.
- To form or establish a colony.
- To settle in a colony or colonies.
(third-person singular simple present colonizes, present participle colonizing, simple past and past participle colonized)
- (American) Alternative spelling of colonise.