de·​col·​o·​nize | \(ˌ)dē-ˈkä-lə-ˌnīz \

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 \ noun

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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 A: Decolonizing my mind has been a continual process of rethinking the values that guide my actions. Lisa Deaderick,, "Healing hearts and souls through her art," 24 June 2017 Q: What has the process of decolonizing come to look like for you in practice? Lisa Deaderick,, "Healing hearts and souls through her art," 24 June 2017

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First Known Use of decolonize

1963, in the meaning defined above

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