de·​col·​o·​nize | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈkä-lə-ˌnīz How to pronounce decolonize (audio) \
decolonized; decolonizing; decolonizes

Definition of decolonize

transitive verb

: to free from colonial status

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Other Words from decolonize

decolonization \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌkä-​lə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce decolonize (audio) \ noun

Examples of decolonize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Erica Jasmine Moon is a fitness instructor on the path to further decolonize the wellness space. Michella Oré, Glamour, "31 Inspiring Fitness Women to Follow on Instagram," 17 Nov. 2020 Per a statement, staff have removed a total of 120 human remains from display, moving them to storage as part of a museum-wide effort to decolonize the Pitt Rivers’ collections. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Oxford Museum Permanently Removes Controversial Display of Shrunken Heads," 16 Sep. 2020 The Third World nationalists who came to power in decolonizing nations in the 1960s had only recently formed a stratum of colonial rule: lawyers, doctors, poets, and soldiers. Thomas Meaney, Harper's magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 20 Jan. 2020 Vietnam braided opposition to communism, itself a tenet of Cold War conflict, with democratic state-building in a decolonizing region. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "World War III Is an Irresistible Meme," 5 Jan. 2020 The call to decolonize science, as in the case of other disciplines such as literature, can encourage us to rethink the dominant image that scientific knowledge is the work of white men. Rohan Deb Roy, Smithsonian, "Science Still Bears the Fingerprints of Colonialism," 10 Apr. 2018 Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero, co-chairwoman of the Independence for Guam Task Force, told the Guam Pacific Daily News that the ruling is disappointing, but that efforts to decolonize will continue. Washington Post, "Court: Non-native Guam residents can vote on status with US," 31 July 2019 There’s a term for this process: decolonizing my mind. Melissa Pandika, The Cut, "Before I Embraced My Brownness, I Tried to Lighten My Skin," 31 Jan. 2018 Then, after World War II, with the growing movement to decolonize various places around the world, particularly in the Caribbean and Africa and South America, that also had an impact on Puerto Rico. Lily Rothman, Time, "Where Hurricane Maria Fits in the History of Puerto Rico," 28 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of decolonize

1851, in the meaning defined above

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