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Verb decolonise has 1 sense
  1. decolonize, decolonise - grant independence to (a former colony); "West Africa was decolonized in the early 1960's"
    --1 is one way to liberate, set free
    Antonyms: colonize, colonise
    Derived form: noun decolonisation1
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To decolonise means to dismantle the structures, systems, and ideologies of colonialism, and to work towards attaining independence, sovereignty, and self-determination for colonized nations or communities.

Part of Speech:

  • Verb
  • Noun

Sense 1:

Verb: To free or liberate a country, culture, or society from the influence or control of a colonial power.


  1. The nation's movement aimed to decolonise its education system, removing biased representations of colonial history.
  2. Efforts are underway to decolonise museum exhibits, returning artifacts to their countries of origin.
  3. She advocates for decolonising the curriculum by including diverse perspectives and voices.

Sense 2:

Noun: The process or act of decolonising; the liberation of colonised people from the effects of colonial systems.


  1. The decolonisation of Africa in the mid-20th century brought about significant political and social changes.
  2. He wrote a book that explores various strategies for decolonisation.
  3. Many modern indigenous movements are driven by a desire for decolonisation and reclaiming of native lands.

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