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Verb: decolonize  dee'kó-lu,nIz
  1. Grant independence to (a former colony)
    "West Africa was decolonized in the early 1960's";
    - decolonise [Brit]

Derived forms: decolonizing, decolonized, decolonizes

Type of: liberate, set free

Antonym: colonize

Encyclopedia: Decolonize