[ dee-kap-i-tl-ahyz ]

verb (used with object),de·cap·i·tal·ized, de·cap·i·tal·iz·ing.
  1. to deprive of capital; discourage capital formation; withdraw capital from: The government decapitalized industry with harsh tax policies.

Origin of decapitalize

First recorded in 1870–75; de- + capitalize
  • Also especially British, de·cap·i·tal·ise .

Other words from decapitalize

  • de·cap·i·tal·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023