decreolize

[ dee-kree-uh-lahyz ]
/ diˈkri əˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), de·cre·o·lized, de·cre·o·liz·ing.Linguistics.

to modify (a creole language) in the direction of a standard form of the language on which most of the vocabulary of the creole is based.

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Also especially British, de·cre·o·lise .

Origin of decreolize

OTHER WORDS FROM decreolize

de·cre·o·li·za·tion, noun
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