- 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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Examples from the Web for privatization
They want to take control of New York City schools away from Mayor Bill de Blasio and let privatization run rampant.Hunger Games Comes to New York State’s Public Schools
November 26, 2014
And who knows, maybe one of these Republicans, confronted with evidence of their privatization enthusiasm, will commit one.Hooray for Liberal Fear-Mongering!
October 28, 2014
The Bush privatization failure was devastating not only to his standing as president but as head of his own party.The Obama Political Obituaries Are Way Premature
December 19, 2013
An accelerated process of ‘privatization’ of family life is currently taking place.Israeli Attorney Suggests Common-Law Marriage As an Act of Civil Disobedience
November 8, 2013
Ravitch, author of the new book Reign of Error, talks to Lauren Streib about how reform has become a cover for privatization.The Apostate: An Interview With Diane Ravitch
October 7, 2013
- (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 privatization
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