[ dee-kol-uh-nahyz ]
/ diˈkɒl əˌnaɪz /

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.
Also especially British, de·col·o·nise.

Origin of decolonize

Related forms

de·col·o·ni·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for decolonization



/ (diːˈkɒləˌnaɪz) /


(tr) to grant independence to (a colony)

Derived Forms

decolonization or decolonisation, noun
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