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Meaning of decolonize

de•col•o•nize

Pronunciation: (dē-kol'u-nīz"), [key]
— v., -nized, -niz•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to release from the status of a colony.
  2. to allow (a colony) to become self-governing or independent.
—v.i.
  1. to free a colony to become self-governing or independent.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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