verb (used with object), de·col·o·nized, de·col·o·niz·ing.
to release from the status of a colony.
to allow (a colony) to become self-governing or independent.
verb (used without object), de·col·o·nized, de·col·o·niz·ing.
to free a colony to become self-governing or independent.
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Also especially British, de·col·o·nise.
Origin of decolonize
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Examples from the Web for decolonization
The proliferation of Muslim-majority states continued with decolonization in the 1950s and 1960s.
At once we were embroiled in an argument on the subject of racism and decolonization.
(tr) to grant independence to (a colony)
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