Definition of Colonise

1. Verb. Settle as a colony; of countries in the developing world. "Europeans colonized Africa in the 17th century"

Exact synonyms: Colonize
Generic synonyms: Annex
Derivative terms: Colonisation, Coloniser, Colony, Colonization, Colonizer, Colony
Antonyms: Decolonise, Decolonize

2. Verb. Settle as colonists or establish a colony (in). "The British colonized the East Coast"
Exact synonyms: Colonize
Generic synonyms: Locate, Settle
Derivative terms: Colonisation, Colony, Colonization, Colony

Definition of Colonise

1. Verb. (transitive) To settle (somewhere) with (colonists). ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To settle (a species, group of people, or the like) in a new place as a colony. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To begin a new colony. ¹

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Definition of Colonise

1. to colonize [v -NISED, -NISING, -NISES] - See also: colonize

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Colonise

colonic diverticular haemorrhage
colonic diverticulitis
colonic diverticulosis
colonic fistula
colonic flora
colonic irrigation
colonic polyp
colonic pseudo-obstruction
colonic smear
colonisation factors
colonise (current term)

Literary usage of Colonise

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Maritime Discovery: A History of Nautical Exploration from the Earliest Times by Charles Rathbone Low (1881)
"... and re- colonisation by White—Raleigh's attempt to colonise Guiana in South America—Voyages of Englishmen to the Gulf of Mexico— Unsuccessful attempts ..."

2. History of England from the Accession of James I. to the Outbreak of the by Samuel Rawson Gardiner (1889)
"In 1602 an attempt was made by Bartholomew Gosnold to colonise New England, which was then known by the name ..."

3. The Progress of America, from the Discovery by Columbus to the Year 1846 by John Macgregor (1847)
"ATTEMPT TO colonise VIRGINIA—SIR WALTER RALEIGH WITH the exception of the fisheries on the banks and coasts of Newfoundland, the countries discovered by ..."

4. History of Canada: From the Time of Its Discovery Till the Union Year 1840-41 by François-Xavier Garneau (1866)
"D'Iberville undertakes to re-colonise Louisiana, and settle" • colony at Biloxi (1698-9).—Appearance of the British on the Mississippi. ..."

5. Bibliotheca Marsdeniana Philologica Et Orientalis: A Catalogue of Books and by William Marsden (1827)
"colonise 1703, 8vo. (ídem Liber.) Portraits (or Anecdotes) of illustrious Chinese personages, in the Chinese character. Printed in China, octavo-form. ..."

6. A History of Rome from the Earliest Times to the Establishment of the Empire by Henry George Liddell (1855)
"Colonies in Provinces : proposal to colonise Carthage taken up by Senate: Gracchus and Flaccus sent to found it. § 19. They return to Rome in time for ..."

7. Seasons with the Sea-horses; Or, Sporting Adventures in the Northern Seas by James Lamont (1861)
"—Attempts to colonise the Country, and to make it a penal Settlement. — They fail. —The West Indies versus Spitzbergen. ..."

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