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decolonize

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

de·col·o·ni·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for decolonize

decolonize

decolonise

/ (diːˈkɒləˌnaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to grant independence to (a colony)
decolonization or decolonisation, noun
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