- 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 denationalize
The Genoese had striven long and hard to denationalize the Corsican people by the introduction of foreign and hostile elements.Wanderings in Corsica, Vol. 1 of 2
He could not assent to the principle, that Congress had a right to denationalize the public funds.Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
His efforts to dazzle German princes and denationalize two of her leading thinkers were partly successful.The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)
John Holland Rose
There is in every country a class who are prone to denationalize themselves; at this day, they generally ape the Frenchman.The Actress in High Life
Sue Petigru Bowen
Alliance with the anti-slavery North would deprive a party of support South and denationalize it.The Abolition Crusade and Its Consequences
Hilary Abner Herbert
- to return or transfer (an industry, etc) from public to private ownership
- to deprive (an individual, people, institution, etc) of national character or nationality
Word Origin and History for denationalize
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.