Meaning of deindustrialize

de•in•dus•tri•al•ize

Pronunciation: (dē"in-dus'trē-u-līz"), [key]
— v., -ized, -iz•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to cause to lose industrial capability or strength; make less industrial in character or emphasis.
  2. to deprive (a conquered nation) of the means or potential for industrial growth.
—v.i.
  1. to lose industrial capability or character; become deindustrialized.
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