[ dee-nash-uh-nl-ahyz ]
/ diˈnæʃ ə nlˌaɪz /

verb (used with object), de·na·tion·al·ized, de·na·tion·al·iz·ing.

to remove (an industry or the like) from government ownership or control.
to deprive of national status, attachments, or characteristics.
Also especially British, de·na·tion·al·ise.

Origin of denationalize

First recorded in 1800–10; de- + nationalize

Related forms

de·na·tion·al·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for denationalization

  • This has been quoted against Turgenev as though he meant it literally, and as though it were a confession of denationalization.

  • But how far is Japan ready and willing to go in this denationalization of herself?

    The Pacific Triangle|Sydney Greenbie
  • Americans are never slow to ridicule the denationalization of New York.

    Greater Britain|Charles Wentworth Dilke

British Dictionary definitions for denationalization



/ (diːˈnæʃənəˌlaɪz) /


to return or transfer (an industry, etc) from public to private ownership
to deprive (an individual, people, institution, etc) of national character or nationality

Derived Forms

denationalization or denationalisation, noun
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