- to transfer from public or government control or ownership to private enterprise: a campaign promise to privatize some of the public lands.
- to make exclusive; delimit or appropriate: special-interest groups attempting to privatize social issues.
Also especially British, pri·va·tise.
Origin of privatize
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- (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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Word Origin and History for privatise
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