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