Definition of decolonize in English:

decolonize

(British decolonise)

verb

[with object]
  • (of a state) withdraw from (a colony), leaving it independent.

    ‘Spain seemed in no hurry to decolonize those lands’
    • ‘This fourth option involves nothing short of decolonizing the Nation of Anishinabe.’
    • ‘We had a policy under which the nations of the so-called ‘developing world,’ today, would have been decolonized immediately at the end of the war, under U.S. power.’
    • ‘When Britain tried to decolonise Rhodesia in the 1960s, it was opposed by the white settlers who eventually made the Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965.’
    • ‘Britain could be seen as conquering the Transkei, and Afrikaners as decolonizing it.’
    • ‘It wasn't only Africa that was decolonized; the end of empire was also a process of decolonialization.’
    • ‘Spain seemed in no hurry to decolonize those lands.’
    • ‘In Canada and the United States, we tend to think of ourselves as being far ahead of other Indigenous peoples in decolonising this continent.’
    • ‘Out of fear of becoming decolonized as a part of the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba opted for separate status.’

Pronunciation

decolonize

/diːˈkɒlənʌɪz/