Definition of decolonize in English:


(also decolonise)


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

    ‘Spain seemed in no hurry to decolonize those lands’
    • ‘Out of fear of becoming decolonized as a part of the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba opted for separate status.’
    • ‘At home, the indigenous population came out from under the regimes of the protectors and directors of native welfare, and with the arrival of a Labor government, plans were set for Papua New Guinea to be decolonised.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Canada and the United States, we tend to think of ourselves as being far ahead of other Indigenous peoples in decolonising this continent.’
    • ‘This fourth option involves nothing short of decolonizing the Nation of Anishinabe.’
    • ‘British army personnel were prioritized, but when the number of military dead surpassed that of British losses in Cyprus, the IRA realized that Britain would or could not easily decolonize Ireland.’
    • ‘Spain seemed in no hurry to decolonize those lands.’
    • ‘It has been felt all the more now that most of the African countries have been decolonised and ever since South Africa held its first democratic election in 1994.’