nationalize (v.) 1800, "invest with a national character," from NATIONAL (Cf. national) + -IZE (Cf. -ize). Meaning "bring under state control" is from 1869. Related: Nationalized; nationalizing.

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  • nationalize — a tion*al*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nationalized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Nationalizing}.] [Cf. F. nationaliser.] 1. To make national; to make a nation of; to endow with the character and habits of a nation, or the peculiar sentiments and attachment of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nationalize — na‧tion‧al‧ize [ˈnæʆnəlaɪz] also nationalise verb [transitive] ECONOMICS if a government nationalizes a company or industry, it brings it under state control: • The British government nationalised the railways in 1948. compare privatize …   Financial and business terms

  • nationalize — nationalize, naturalize These two words are close enough in form and meaning to cause occasional confusion. Nationalize means ‘to take (an industry etc.) into state ownership’, whereas naturalize means ‘to admit (a foreign person) into… …   Modern English usage

  • nationalize — I verb appropriate for federal use, appropriate for government use, make national, make national in character, place under government control, remove from private ownership, seize for public use, seize for the government, socialize, transfer… …   Law dictionary

  • nationalize — (Amer.) na·tion·al·ize || næʃnÉ™laɪz v. make into a citizen, naturalize; make nationwide; place under national government; become a nation (also nationalise) …   English contemporary dictionary

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  • nationalize — [nash′ə nə līz΄] vt. nationalized, nationalizing 1. to make national in character 2. to transfer ownership or control of (land, resources, industries, etc.) to the national government nationalization n. nationalizer n …   English World dictionary

  • nationalize — nationalization, n. nationalizer, n. /nash euh nl uyz , nash neuh luyz /, v., nationalized, nationalizing. v.t. 1. to bring under the ownership or control of a nation, as industries and land: a movement to nationalize the oil industry. 2. to make …   Universalium

  • nationalize — UK [ˈnæʃ(ə)nəlaɪz] / US [ˈnæʃ(ə)nəlˌaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms nationalize : present tense I/you/we/they nationalize he/she/it nationalizes present participle nationalizing past tense nationalized past participle nationalized economics if… …   English dictionary

  • nationalize — verb Nationalize is used with these nouns as the object: health service, ↑industry, ↑railway …   Collocations dictionary

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