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nationalize

[nash-uh-nl-ahyz, nash-nuh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), na·tion·al·ized, na·tion·al·iz·ing.
  1. to bring under the ownership or control of a nation, as industries and land: a movement to nationalize the oil industry.
  2. to make into a nation.
  3. to naturalize.
  4. to make national in extent or scope: a magazine article that nationalized a local problem.
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verb (used without object), na·tion·al·ized, na·tion·al·iz·ing.
  1. to become nationalized or naturalized: Those who remain in the country must nationalize.
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Also especially British, na·tion·al·ise.

Origin of nationalize

First recorded in 1790–1800; national + -ize
Related formsna·tion·al·i·za·tion, nounna·tion·al·iz·er, nounan·ti·na·tion·al·i·za·tion, adjectivenon·na·tion·al·i·za·tion, nouno·ver·na·tion·al·i·za·tion, nouno·ver·na·tion·al·ize, verb (used with object), o·ver·na·tion·al·ized, o·ver·na·tion·al·iz·ing.re·na·tion·al·i·za·tion, nounre·na·tion·al·ize, verb, re·na·tion·al·ized, re·na·tion·al·iz·ing.sem·i·na·tion·al·ized, adjectiveun·na·tion·al·ized, adjective
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naturalizationassimilationacclimatizationnationalizationacculturationrootinghabituationconditioningadapting

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British Dictionary definitions for nationalization

nationalize

nationalise

verb (tr)
  1. to put (an industry, resources, etc) under state control or ownership
  2. to make national in scope, character, or status
  3. a less common word for naturalize
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Derived Formsnationalization or nationalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for nationalization

n.

1801, "act of rendering national in character," from nationalize + -ation. Meaning "act of bringing (property) under control of the national government" is from 1874.

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nationalize

v.

1800, "invest with a national character," from national + -ize. Meaning "bring under state control" is from 1869. Related: Nationalized; nationalizing.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

nationalization in Culture

nationalization

A government takeover of a private business.

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nationalization

The taking over of private property by a national government.

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