- to remove (an industry or the like) from government ownership or control.
- to deprive of national status, attachments, or characteristics.
Origin of denationalize
Examples from the Web for denationalization
Historical Examples of denationalization
But how far is Japan ready and willing to go in this denationalization of herself?The Pacific Triangle
Americans are never slow to ridicule the denationalization of New York.Greater Britain
Charles Wentworth Dilke
The story of European diplomacy and Oriental intrigue which resulted in the denationalization of twelve million Mohammedans.A Short History of English Liberalism
Walter Lyon Blease
This has been quoted against Turgenev as though he meant it literally, and as though it were a confession of denationalization.Old and New Masters
- to return or transfer (an industry, etc) from public to private ownership
- to deprive (an individual, people, institution, etc) of national character or nationality
1807, "to deprive of nationality," from French dénationaliser (said in contemporary English publications to have been coined by Napoleon Buonaparte; denapoleonize was coined shortly thereafter); see de- + nationalize. Meaning "to transfer from national to private ownership" recorded from 1921. Related: Denationalized; denationalization.