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 .
- de·na·tion·al·i·za·tion, noun
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How to use denationalize in a sentence
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
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
The partisans of State Rights, in their efforts to decentralize, would denationalize.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 18 (of 20) | Charles Sumner
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
British Dictionary definitions for denationalize
to return or transfer (an industry, etc) from public to private ownership
to deprive (an individual, people, institution, etc) of national character or nationality
- denationalization or denationalisation, noun
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