Which of the above two sentences is correct? What are the right spellings are of colonize? If you are having doubts while answering these questions, keep reading this article and all your doubts will vanish in thin air.
Colonize as verb:
Use of Colonise:
Told from the perspective of the Moroccan slave Estebanico, mentioned in passing in official accounts, it depicts the doomed saga of the Spanish conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez who, in 1527, led an expedition to colonise Florida, which led to horrendous consequences for the unprepared settlers. (The Guardian)
However, what is deeply sad about the move is that it has ignored the painful history of South Africa, the many wars our people, black and white, fought against the English and all those who sought to colonise us. (The Sunday Independent)
Use of Colonize:
The new revolutionized spellings of the word are with a z instead of an s and are used in American English. People who are Americans and those writing for American audience choose these spellings. These spellings are gaining a lot of popularity throughout the world including countries like Canada.
Colonize or colonise:
Colonize means to send citizens to a different land to establish a settlement and thereby establish political control for the home country. Colonize may also refer to establishing plants or animals in a new habitat. Colonize may be used as either a transitive verb which is a verb that takes an object, or an intransitive verb, which takes no object. The North American spelling is colonize, related words are colonizes and colonized, the adjective colonizable and the nouns colonizer and colonization. Colonise is the preferred British spelling. Related words are colonises and colonised, the adjective colonisable and the nouns coloniser and colonisation. The American spellings are also considered correct and are gaining acceptance around the world