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denationalize

[dee-nash-uh-nl-ahyz]
verb (used with object), de·na·tion·al·ized, de·na·tion·al·iz·ing.
  1. to remove (an industry or the like) from government ownership or control.
  2. to deprive of national status, attachments, or characteristics.
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Also especially British, de·na·tion·al·ise.

Origin of denationalize

First recorded in 1800–10; de- + nationalize
Related formsde·na·tion·al·i·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for denationalization

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • The story of European diplomacy and Oriental intrigue which resulted in the denationalization of twelve million Mohammedans.

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


British Dictionary definitions for denationalization

denationalize

denationalise

verb
  1. to return or transfer (an industry, etc) from public to private ownership
  2. to deprive (an individual, people, institution, etc) of national character or nationality
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Derived Formsdenationalization or denationalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for denationalization

denationalize

v.

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.

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