decapitalize

[ dee-kap-i-tl-ahyz ]
/ diˈkæp ɪ tlˌaɪz /

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

Origin of decapitalize

First recorded in 1870–75; de- + capitalize

Related forms

de·cap·i·tal·i·za·tion, noun
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