[ 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.
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Also especially British, de·col·o·nise .
OTHER WORDS FROM decolonizede·col·o·ni·za·tion, noun
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Pakistan, born in the scrabble to decolonize after World War II, has suffered from endless American and British meddling.
British Dictionary definitions for decolonize
/ (diːˈkɒləˌnaɪz) /
(tr) to grant independence to (a colony)
Derived forms of decolonizedecolonization or decolonisation, noun
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