Definition of decolonize in US English:

decolonize

verb

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

    ‘they must decolonize French Polynesia’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Out of fear of becoming decolonized as a part of the Netherlands Antilles, Aruba opted for separate status.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It wasn't only Africa that was decolonized; the end of empire was also a process of decolonialization.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This fourth option involves nothing short of decolonizing the Nation of Anishinabe.’

Pronunciation

decolonize

/diˈkɑləˌnaɪz//dēˈkäləˌnīz/