privatize

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. privatism,
  2. privative,
  3. privatively,
  4. privatization,
  5. privatization issue,
  6. privet,
  7. privet hawk,
  8. privilege,
  9. privileged,
  10. privileged altar

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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British Dictionary definitions for privatization

privatize

privatise

/ (ˈpraɪvɪˌtaɪz) /

verb

(tr) to transfer (the production of goods or services) from the public sector of an economy into private ownership and operation
Derived Formsprivatization or privatisation, noun

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