- to transfer from public or government control or ownership to private enterprise: a campaign promise to privatize some of the public lands.
- to make exclusive; delimit or appropriate: special-interest groups attempting to privatize social issues.
Also especially British, pri·va·tise.
Origin of privatize
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Examples from the Web for privatize
This runs in stark contrast to the temptation to privatize every resource and turn it into a profitable market.12 Ways Catholicism is More Radical Than Pope Francis
February 9, 2014
“Privatize” rabbinic courts: “denude” them of legal powers and government budgets.A Divorce Made in Heaven: Don’t Reform Israel’s State Rabbinate. Shut It Down.
December 3, 2013
All you have to do is sign the Ryan budget into law and privatize Medicare.Don’t Repeal Any Laws, Repeal John Boehner
July 24, 2013
Forget about the Second Amendment—the gun lobby, abetted by timorous Republicans, is trying to privatize law and order.Pro-Gun Absolutism: The Gun Lobby’s Push to Privatize Law and Order
April 9, 2013
George W. Bush claimed a mandate after 2004, and then promptly saw Democrats decimate his proposal to privatize Social Security.Tea-Fueled Republican Resistance Compels Barack Obama To Keep Running
March 16, 2013
- (tr) to transfer (the production of goods or services) from the public sector of an economy into private ownership and operation
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Word Origin and History for privatize
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