Meaning of “decolonization” in the English Dictionary

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"decolonization" in British English

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decolonizationnoun [ U ]

UK usually decolonisation uk /diːˌkɒl.ə.naɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us /diːˌkɑː.lə.nəˈzeɪ.ʃən/

the process in which a country that was previously a colony (= controlled by another country) becomes politically independent

(Definition of “decolonization” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"decolonization" in American English

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decolonizationnoun [ U ]


politics & government the release of one country or territory from political control by another country

world history Decolonization was also the political independence received by European colonies (= a country or area controlled politically by a more powerful country) in Africa and Asia after World War II.

(Definition of “decolonization” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)