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

Definition of municipalize

transitive verb

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

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municipalization \ myu̇-​ˌni-​s(ə-​)pə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce municipalization (audio) \ noun

Examples of municipalize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Circulator drivers are trying to convince the District to municipalize the bus system. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump voters stay loyal because they feel disrespected," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of municipalize

1797, in the meaning defined above

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“Municipalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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