de•col•o•nizePronunciation: (dē-kol'u-nīz"), [key]
—v., -nized, -niz•ing.
to release from the status of a colony.
to allow (a colony) to become self-governing or independent.
to free a colony to become self-governing or independent. Also, esp. Brit.,de•col'o•nise".
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