de- + colonize
decolonize (third-person singular simple present decolonizes, present participle decolonizing, simple past and past participle decolonized)
- (transitive) To release from the status of colony; to allow a colony to become independent.
1860, James Parton, Life of Andrew Jackson: In Three Volumes, page 84:
- A paternal government would attempt to decolonize American literature, by forbidding the re-publication of foreign works, and offering premiums to those of home production.
to release from the status of colony