decolonize

[dee-kol-uh-nahyz]
verb (used with object), decolonized, decolonizing.
1.
to release from the status of a colony.
2.
to allow (a colony) to become self-governing or independent.
verb (used without object), decolonized, decolonizing.
3.
to free a colony to become self-governing or independent.
Also, especially British, decolonise.


Origin:
de- + colonize

decolonization, noun
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decolonize or decolonise (diːˈkɒləˌnaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to grant independence to (a colony)
 
decolonise or decolonise
 
vb
 
decoloni'zation or decolonise
 
n
 
decoloni'sation or decolonise
 
n

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decolonization
1938, from de- + colonization.
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Example sentences
Decolonization regimens are not sufficiently effective to warrant routine use.
There is little evidence that such decolonization works or that decolonization prevents transmission to patients.
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