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privatize

[ prahy-vuh-tahyz ]
/ 藞pra瑟 v蓹藢ta瑟z /
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verb (used with object), pri路va路tized, pri路va路tiz路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路va路tise .

Origin of privatize

First recorded in 1945鈥50; private + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM privatize

pri路va路ti路za路tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for privatize

privatize

privatise

/ (藞pra瑟v瑟藢ta瑟z) /

verb
(tr) to transfer (the production of goods or services) from the public sector of an economy into private ownership and operation

Derived forms of privatize

privatization or privatisation, noun
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