Pronunciation: (dē"in-dus'trē-u-līz"), [key]
—v., -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to cause to lose industrial capability or strength; make less industrial in character or emphasis.
2. to deprive (a conquered nation) of the means or potential for industrial growth.
to lose industrial capability or character; become deindustrialized. Also,de"-in•dus'tri•al•ize; esp. Brit.,de"in•dus'tri•al•ise".
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