nationalize

verb

na·​tion·​al·​ize ˈna-sh(ə-)nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce nationalize (audio)
nationalized; nationalizing

transitive verb

1
: to give a national character to
2
: to invest control or ownership of in the national government
nationalization noun
nationalizer noun

Examples of nationalize in a Sentence

The government nationalized the health-care system in the mid-1950s. nationalizing the country's oil supply
Recent Examples on the Web Israel, Britain and France had just invaded Egyptian territory in a bid to take over the Suez Canal, which Egypt had decided to nationalize. Greg Myre, NPR, 2 Apr. 2024 But in the mid-1970s, Burnham took control of the country’s resources, nationalizing sugar production as well as bauxite mining. Gaiutra Bahadur Keisha Scarville, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2024 Even so, the impulse to nationalize the problem will have its own, infelicitous effects. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 12 Mar. 2024 In November last year, Ukraine’s government nationalized the assets of Ukrnafta and Ukrtatnafta, an oil refinery in which Kolomoisky and Boholiubov held controlling stakes, saying the companies were needed for the war effort. David L. Stern, Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2023 Although Ohio is far from the border in question, the issue has been nationalized to great effect. Ron Elving, NPR, 23 Mar. 2024 Matt Stoller, the director of research at the American Economic Liberties Project, a progressive think tank, made that case in January in his newsletter, arguing that the government has a history of nationalizing utilities, railroads and aerospace firms. Allison Morrow, CNN, 13 Mar. 2024 West has suggested the country nationalize the fossil fuel industry, declare a climate emergency, impose a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and pause lease sales for drilling on federal lands and water. Dipka Bhambhani, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2024 When François Mitterrand won the presidency in 1981, Mr. Delors was named finance minister in a government committed to nationalizing many banks and major industries, vastly increasing public spending and raising taxes on the wealthy. Paul Lewis, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nationalize was in 1799

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“Nationalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nationalize. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

nationalize

verb
na·​tion·​al·​ize ˈnash-nəl-ˌīz How to pronounce nationalize (audio)
-ən-ᵊl-
nationalized; nationalizing
1
: to make national
2
: to remove from private ownership and place under government control
nationalize railroads
nationalization noun

Legal Definition

nationalize

transitive verb
na·​tion·​al·​ize ˈna-shə-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce nationalize (audio)
nationalized; nationalizing
: to invest control or ownership of in the national government

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