mu·​nic·​i·​pal·​ize myu̇-ˈni-sə-pə-ˌlīz How to pronounce municipalize (audio)
municipalized; municipalizing

transitive verb

: to bring under municipal ownership or supervision
a plan to municipalize utilities

Examples of municipalize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Louisville, one path to matching Cincinnati's renewable energy victories would be to municipalize utility services, which the city is in preliminary discussions to do. Connor Giffin, The Courier-Journal, 10 Nov. 2022 Circulator drivers are trying to convince the District to municipalize the bus system. James Hohmann, Washington Post, 14 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of municipalize was in 1797

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“Municipalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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