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Meaning of decapitalize

de•cap•i•tal•ize

Pronunciation: (dē-kap'i-tl-īz"), [key]
— -ized, -iz•ing.
  1. to deprive of capital; discourage capital formation; withdraw capital from: The government decapitalized industry with harsh tax policies.
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