[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.
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.
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··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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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
Derived Formsnationalization or nationalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for nationalize

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

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