decolonize

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de- +‎ colonize

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decolonize (third-person singular simple present decolonizes, present participle decolonizing, simple past and past participle decolonized)

  1. (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.

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