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colonize

Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːlənaɪz; ˈkɒlənaɪz/

Translation of colonize in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 [country/area] colonizar*
    Example sentences
    • Indigenous peoples shared their land with the newcomers and eventually it became more than sharing as the settlers colonized the continent and waged an undeclared war against Indigneous peoples.
    • Writer Peter Pierce believes that the fear of being lost in hostile desert or bushland has been deeply etched into the Australian psyche ever since Europeans colonised the southern continent.
    • They don't necessarily need to send in troops - they send in men in suits and they colonise the place financially.
    1.2 [Botany/Botánica] [Zoology/Zoología] establecer* una colonia en
    Example sentences
    • Both grasses often colonize continuous expanses of desert, closing the open spaces that normally separate native desert plants and protect them from fire.
    • This season, more than 30,000 birds, belonging to 30 species, have colonised the place.
    • In recent decades, it has colonized such far-flung places as Cape Cod, and in 1999 one was captured in New York City's Central Park.
    1.3 colonizar*

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