Colonized

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Colonized Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    colonized adj : inhabited by colonists [syn: colonised, settled]
Colonized Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Colonize \Col"o*nize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Colonized; p. pr. & vb. n. Colonizing.] [Cf. F. coloniser.] To plant or establish a colony or colonies in; to people with colonists; to migrate to and settle in. --Bacon. They that would thus colonize the stars with inhabitants. --Howell.
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In politics and history, a colony is a territory under the immediate political control of a state. For colonies in antiquity, city-states would often found their own colonies. Some colonies were historically countries, while others were territories without definite statehood from their inception. The metropolitan state is the state that owns the colony. In Ancient Greece, the city that founded a colony was called the metropolis. Mother country is a reference to the metropolitan state from the point of view of citizens who live in its colony. There is a United Nations list of Non-Self-Governing Territories.

A colony is mostly ruled by another state or can be run independently. Unlike a puppet state or satellite state, a colony has no independent international representation, and its top-level administration is under direct control of the metropolitan state.

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