decolonization








verb (used with object), de·col·o·nized, de·col·o·niz·ing.

  1. to release from the status of a colony.
  2. to allow (a colony) to become self-governing or independent.

verb (used without object), de·col·o·nized, de·col·o·niz·ing.

  1. to free a colony to become self-governing or independent.

verb

  1. (tr) to grant independence to (a colony)
n.

1853 in political sense, American English, from de- + colonization. Earlier as a medical term.

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