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colonize

verb
     
Related topics: Government
col‧o‧nize also colonise British English [transitive]
1PG to establish political control over an area or over another country, and send your citizens there to settle [↪ colony]
2 if animals or plants colonize an area, large numbers of them start to live there:
a dead tree that has been colonized by ants
colonizer noun [countable]
colonization noun [uncountable]

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