denationalize

[ 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.

RELATED WORDS

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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British Dictionary definitions for denationalize

denationalize

denationalise

/ (diːˈnæʃənəˌlaɪz) /

verb

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 Formsdenationalization or denationalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for denationalize

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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