[ prahy-vuh-tahyz ]
/ ˈpraɪ vəˌtaɪz /
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verb (used with object), pri·va·tized, pri·va·tiz·ing.
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.
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Also especially British, pri·va·tise .
OTHER WORDS FROM privatizepri·va·ti·za·tion, noun
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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|Zephyr Teachout|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And who knows, maybe one of these Republicans, confronted with evidence of their privatization enthusiasm, will commit one.Hooray for Liberal Fear-Mongering!|Michael Tomasky|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If water privatization is bad for the city of Detroit and its residents, who is it good for?The Republican Occupation of Detroit|Sally Kohn|July 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So Social Security privatization would be an acceptable platform plank.Welcome to Showbiz Sharia Law|P. J. O’Rourke|May 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Tomasky|December 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for privatize
/ (ˈpraɪvɪˌtaɪz) /
(tr) to transfer (the production of goods or services) from the public sector of an economy into private ownership and operation
Derived forms of privatizeprivatization or privatisation, noun
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