- to cause to lose industrial capability or strength; make less industrial in character or emphasis.
- to deprive (a conquered nation) of the means or potential for industrial growth.
- to lose industrial capability or character; become deindustrialized.
Also especially British; de·in·dus·tri·al·ise.
Origin of deindustrialize
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- the decline in importance of manufacturing industry in the economy of a nation or area
- (tr) to reduce the importance of manufacturing industry in the economy of (a nation or area)
- (intr) (of a nation or area) to undergo reduction in the importance of manufacturing industry in the economy
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