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[prahy-vuh-tahyz] /ˈpraɪ vəˌtaɪz/
verb (used with object), privatized, privatizing.
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.
Also, especially British, privatise.
Origin of privatize
1945-50; private + -ize
Related forms
privatization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for privatize
  • The current administration is trying to privatize it to make its operations more transparent and efficient.
  • Let's privatize the big college sports programs and make them a self supporting part of the university.
  • Right now it gives the players the opportunity to privatize the intellectual development, to control it to fit their market needs.
  • There is s steady trend amongst local governments to privatize services such as garbage collection and emergency medical response.
  • It plans to privatize the state-owned electricity system and to invite outside investors and donors.
  • privatize, license and tax marijuana the same way that alcohol and cigarettes are sold.
  • The solution is to privatize the freeways and turn them into toll roads.
  • Native groups throughout the country are protesting against plans by the government to privatize water resources.
  • The flash point for last week's demonstrations was a government proposal to privatize higher education and introduce tuition fees.
  • Boxer's speech addressed efforts to privatize social security and the real motivation behind privatization.
British Dictionary definitions for privatize


(transitive) to transfer (the production of goods or services) from the public sector of an economy into private ownership and operation
Derived Forms
privatization, privatisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for privatize

1968, from private (adj.) + -ize. Related: Privatized; privatizing.

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