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
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Pakistan, born in the scrabble to decolonize after World War II, has suffered from endless American and British meddling.Sixty Years of Meddling and Bad Blood
Alex Von Tunzelmann
December 4, 2008
(tr) to grant independence to (a colony)
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