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or (especially British) denationalise

[dee-nash-uh-nl-ahyz] /diˈnæʃ ə nlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), denationalized, denationalizing.
to remove (an industry or the like) from government ownership or control.
to deprive of national status, attachments, or characteristics.
Origin of denationalize
1800-10; de- + nationalize
Related forms
denationalization, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Americans are never slow to ridicule the denationalization of New York.

    Greater Britain Charles Wentworth Dilke
  • But how far is Japan ready and willing to go in this denationalization of herself?

    The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
  • The story of European diplomacy and Oriental intrigue which resulted in the denationalization of twelve million Mohammedans.

  • This has been quoted against Turgenev as though he meant it literally, and as though it were a confession of denationalization.

    Old and New Masters Robert Lynd
British Dictionary definitions for denationalization


to return or transfer (an industry, etc) from public to private ownership
to deprive (an individual, people, institution, etc) of national character or nationality
Derived Forms
denationalization, denationalisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for denationalization



1807, "to deprive of nationality," from French dénationaliser (said in contemporary English publications to have been coined by Napoleon Buonaparte; denapoleonize was coined shortly thereafter); see de- + nationalize. Meaning "to transfer from national to private ownership" recorded from 1921. Related: Denationalized; denationalization.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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