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decolonize

[ dee-kol-uh-nahyz ]
/ di藞k蓲l 蓹藢na瑟z /
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verb (used with object), de路col路o路nized, de路col路o路niz路ing.
to release (a country or region) from the status of a colony, or to allow (a colony) to become self-governing or independent.
to reexamine and make changes in (a subject field, tradition, etc.) so as to counter the belief that the culture of a colonizing power is more worthy or important than the culture of a colonized people: From seed cataloguing to sustainable fishing, Indigenous people are decolonizing their diets and preserving their folkways.There is a movement to decolonize the curriculum, urging Western academics to change their courses to better reflect the ideas and experiences of peoples from all parts of the globe.See also decoloniality.
verb (used without object), de路col路o路nized, de路col路o路niz路ing.
to free a colony to become self-governing or independent.
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Also especially British, de路col路o路nise . Rarely decolonialize .

Origin of decolonize

First recorded in 1850鈥55; de- + colonize

OTHER WORDS FROM decolonize

de路col路o路ni路za路tion [dee-kol-uh-nahy-zey-shuhn], /di藢k蓲l 蓹 na瑟藞ze瑟 蕛蓹n/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for decolonize

decolonize

decolonise

/ (di藧藞k蓲l蓹藢na瑟z) /

verb
(tr) to grant independence to (a colony)

Derived forms of decolonize

decolonization or decolonisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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