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decolonize

[dee-kol-uh-nahyz]
verb (used with object), de·col·o·nized, de·col·o·niz·ing.
  1. to release from the status of a colony.
  2. to allow (a colony) to become self-governing or independent.
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verb (used without object), de·col·o·nized, de·col·o·niz·ing.
  1. to free a colony to become self-governing or independent.
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Also especially British, de·col·o·nise.

Origin of decolonize

Related formsde·col·o·ni·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for decolonization

decolonize

decolonise

verb
  1. (tr) to grant independence to (a colony)
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Derived Formsdecolonization or decolonisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for decolonization

n.

1853 in political sense, American English, from de- + colonization. Earlier as a medical term.

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