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[ nash-uh-nl-ahyz, nash-nuh-lahyz ]

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.


/ ˈnæʃnə-; ˈnæʃənəˌlaɪz /


  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 Forms

  • ˌnationaliˈzation, noun

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Other Words From

  • nation·al·i·zation noun
  • nation·al·izer noun
  • anti·nation·al·i·zation adjective
  • nonna·tion·al·i·zation noun
  • over·nation·al·i·zation noun
  • over·nation·al·ize verb (used with object) overnationalized overnationalizing
  • re·nation·al·i·zation noun
  • re·nation·al·ize verb renationalized renationalizing
  • semi·nation·al·ized adjective
  • un·nation·al·ized adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of nationalize1

First recorded in 1790–1800; national + -ize

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Example Sentences

The age of social media, cable news and nationalized congressional politics has also allowed a variety of other actors to lead the party symbolically and advance its agenda on cultural and economic issues.

Yermak, the presidential chief of staff, says the government intends to nationalize Motor Sich and keep it under state control.

From Time

For nearly a century, liberals and progressives have believed that we can only solve our problems by nationalizing them, and there was much evidence to support this view.

Conversely, fundraising — which the Classic model relies upon fairly heavily — may be a misleading metric in a world in which races are highly nationalized and a high fundraising total doesn’t necessarily indicate an abundance of local support.

The Federal Reserve provided $9 trillion of emergency loans to banks, and nationalized the nation’s largest insurance company, AIG.

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Democrats have been anxious not to nationalize the election as a referendum on President Obama.

The goal is to nationalize the race around Obama, whose approval rating in Kansas is just 33 percent.

The effort will be to quasi-nationalize what happened in Colorado then.

As a result, her biggest strength, even some Republicans here concede, is her ability to nationalize the contest at every turn.

They do not want to demonize undocumented workers, nationalize the Arizona immigration law, or kill the Dream Act.

A definite proposal to nationalize the railway systems of the Dominion of Canada was made during the war.

Their features were not easy to distinguish; when the Bolshevists assume dominion over us they will not nationalize our soap.

In view of the need of rapid development of mining by Chinese, it would probably be unwise to nationalize all mines here and now.

Even if fairly carried out, that policy is just as certain to nationalize slavery as the doctrine of Jeff Davis himself.

He never was in favor of any nor opposed to any, till the present one, which helps to nationalize slavery.





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