or de-in·dus·tri·al·ize

[ dee-in-duhs-tree-uh-lahyz ]
/ ˌdi ɪnˈdʌs tri əˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), de·in·dus·tri·al·ized, de·in·dus·tri·al·iz·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), de·in·dus·tri·al·ized, de·in·dus·tri·al·iz·ing.

to lose industrial capability or character; become deindustrialized.
Also especially British; de·in·dus·tri·al·ise.

Origin of deindustrialize

First recorded in 1880–85; de- + industrialize

OTHER WORDS FROM deindustrialize

de·in·dus·tri·al·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for deindustrialize



/ (ˌdiːɪnˈdʌstrɪəˌlaɪz) /


(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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