nationalize


na·tion·al·ize

verb \ˈnash-nə-ˌlīz, ˈna-shə-nə-ˌlīz\

: to cause (something) to be under the control of a national government

na·tion·al·izedna·tion·al·iz·ing

Full Definition of NATIONALIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to give a national character to
2
:  to invest control or ownership of in the national government
na·tion·al·i·za·tion \ˌnash-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌna-shə-nə-lə-\ noun
na·tion·al·iz·er \ˈnash-nə-ˌlī-zər, ˌna-shə-nə-ˌlī-zər\ noun

Examples of NATIONALIZE

  1. The government nationalized the health-care system in the mid-1950s.
  2. nationalizing the country's oil supply

First Known Use of NATIONALIZE

1800

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