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deindustrialize

or de-in·dus·tri·al·ize

[dee-in-duhs-tree-uh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), de·in·dus·tri·al·ized, de·in·dus·tri·al·iz·ing.
  1. to cause to lose industrial capability or strength; make less industrial in character or emphasis.
  2. to deprive (a conquered nation) of the means or potential for industrial growth.
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verb (used without object), de·in·dus·tri·al·ized, de·in·dus·tri·al·iz·ing.
  1. to lose industrial capability or character; become deindustrialized.
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Also especially British; de·in·dus·tri·al·ise.

Origin of deindustrialize

First recorded in 1880–85; de- + industrialize
Related formsde·in·dus·tri·al·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deindustrialize

deindustrialize

deindustrialise

verb
  1. (tr) to reduce the importance of manufacturing industry in the economy of (a nation or area)
  2. (intr) (of a nation or area) to undergo reduction in the importance of manufacturing industry in the economy
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