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[nash-uh-nl-ahyz, nash-nuh-lahyz] /ˈnæʃ ə nlˌaɪz, ˈnæʃ nəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), nationalized, nationalizing.
to bring under the ownership or control of a nation, as industries and land:
a movement to nationalize the oil industry.
to make into a nation.
to naturalize.
to make national in extent or scope:
a magazine article that nationalized a local problem.
verb (used without object), nationalized, nationalizing.
to become nationalized or naturalized:
Those who remain in the country must nationalize.
Also, especially British, nationalise.
Origin of nationalize
1790-1800; national + -ize
Related forms
nationalization, noun
nationalizer, noun
antinationalization, adjective
nonnationalization, noun
overnationalization, noun
overnationalize, verb (used with object), overnationalized, overnationalizing.
renationalization, noun
renationalize, verb, renationalized, renationalizing.
seminationalized, adjective
unnationalized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nationalize
  • We could nationalize the public universities and send all the packing to reeducation camps.
  • If you half-nationalize a sugar refinery, don't be surprised if foreign direct investment dries up.
  • They helped nationalize the concept of the lowest common denominator.
  • Yes, the move to re-nationalize the pension system appears ill-prepared.
  • Do this great country a life saving favor and nationalize health care completely.
  • Because no one will be able to afford food, the government will have to nationalize the grocery stores.
  • It would nationalize medical malpractice law, putting patients at risk.
  • And he said he never wanted to nationalize healthcare.
  • Many participants felt that it was difficult to gather and nationalize the data regarding pedestrian injuries and fatalities.
British Dictionary definitions for nationalize


/ˈnæʃənəˌlaɪz; ˈnæʃnə-/
verb (transitive)
to put (an industry, resources, etc) under state control or ownership
to make national in scope, character, or status
a less common word for naturalize
Derived Forms
nationalization, nationalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for nationalize

1800, "invest with a national character," from national + -ize. Meaning "bring under state control" is from 1869. Related: Nationalized; nationalizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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