nationalize

[ nash-uh-nl-ahyz, nash-nuh-lahyz ]
/ ˈnæʃ ə nlˌaɪz, ˈnæʃ nəˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), na·tion·al·ized, na·tion·al·iz·ing.

to bring under the ownership or control of a nation, as industries and land: a movement to nationalize the oil industry.
to make into a nation.
to naturalize.
to make national in extent or scope: a magazine article that nationalized a local problem.

verb (used without object), na·tion·al·ized, na·tion·al·iz·ing.

to become nationalized or naturalized: Those who remain in the country must nationalize.
Also especially British, na·tion·al·ise.

Origin of nationalize

First recorded in 1790–1800; national + -ize

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for nationalization

nationalize

nationalise

/ (ˈnæʃənəˌlaɪz, ˈnæʃnə-) /

verb (tr)

to put (an industry, resources, etc) under state control or ownership
to make national in scope, character, or status
a less common word for naturalize

Derived Forms

nationalization or nationalisation, noun
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Culture definitions for nationalization (1 of 2)

nationalization

A government takeover of a private business.


Culture definitions for nationalization (2 of 2)

nationalization

The taking over of private property by a national government.


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