Definition: Colonization

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From colonize + -ation, from Latin colōnia (colony), from colōnus (farmer, colonist), from colō (till, cultivate, worship), from earlier *quelō, from Proto-Indo-European *kʷel- (to move; to turn around).


colonization (countable and uncountable, plural colonizations)

  1. The process of establishing a colony.
  2. (social sciences) The process of colonizing or taking over a region, country, etc.

Derived terms

  • anticolonization
  • colonizationism
  • colonizationist
  • decolonization
  • hypercolonization
  • monocolonization
  • neocolonization
  • recolonization

Related terms

  • anticolonialist
  • colonial
  • colonialism
  • colonialist
  • colonialistic
  • colonially
  • colonist
  • colony
  • neocolonialist


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