verb (used with object), de·cap·i·tal·ized, de·cap·i·tal·iz·ing.

to deprive of capital; discourage capital formation; withdraw capital from: The government decapitalized industry with harsh tax policies.

Nearby words

  1. decanormal,
  2. decant,
  3. decantation,
  4. decanter,
  5. decapacitation,
  6. decapitate,
  7. decapitation,
  8. decapod,
  9. decapolis,
  10. decapsulate

Also especially British, de·cap·i·tal·ise.

Origin of decapitalize

First recorded in 1870–75; de- + capitalize

Related formsde·cap·i·tal·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019