de·​na·​tion·​al·​ize | \(ˈ)dē-ˈnash-nə-ˌlīz, -ˈna-shə-nə-ˌlīz\

Definition of denationalize 

transitive verb

1 : to divest of national character or rights

2 : to remove from ownership or control by the national government

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denationalization \(ˌ)dē-​ˌnash-​nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən, -​ˌna-​shə-​nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​ \ noun

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So why have national Dems denationalized this year’s midterms? Ted Rall, WSJ, "Dems Seek the House by Running for Mayor," 23 Aug. 2018 Gillespie is laboring to denationalize the campaign by focusing almost exclusively on Virginia issues, especially jobs and the economy. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Gillespie keeps the door open to campaigning with Trump. Would it help or hurt in Virginia?," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of denationalize

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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