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verb (used with object), pri·va·tized, pri·va·tiz·ing.
  1. to transfer from public or government control or ownership to private enterprise: a campaign promise to privatize some of the public lands.
  2. to make exclusive; delimit or appropriate: special-interest groups attempting to privatize social issues.
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Also especially British, pri·va·tise.

Origin of privatize

First recorded in 1945–50; private + -ize
Related formspri·va·ti·za·tion, noun
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  1. (tr) to transfer (the production of goods or services) from the public sector of an economy into private ownership and operation
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Derived Formsprivatization or privatisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for privatise



1968, from private (adj.) + -ize. Related: Privatized; privatizing.

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