na·​tion·​al·​ize | \ ˈnash-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce nationalize (audio) , ˈna-shə-nə-ˌlīz \
nationalized; nationalizing

Definition of nationalize

transitive verb

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

Other Words from nationalize

nationalization \ ˌnash-​nə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce nationalize (audio) , ˌna-​shə-​nə-​lə-​ \ noun
nationalizer \ ˈnash-​nə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce nationalize (audio) , ˌna-​shə-​nə-​ˌlī-​zər \ 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 Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, is considering legislation that would allow Russia to nationalize the assets of foreign companies that have exited from the country in response to its invasion of Ukraine. Nick Kostov, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 At the time of Hebblethwaite's mass layoffs, the UK government had been urged to nationalize the company. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 20 Apr. 2022 The government also appears to be attempting to mitigate the effects of the Western multinationals’ withdrawal from Russia by creating a means to nationalize the businesses left behind. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Mar. 2022 Castillo, who defied polls to win the first-round vote, has vowed to nationalize Camisea and raise taxes on mines, as well as seek a referendum on drafting a new constitution. Maria Cervantes,, 20 May 2021 Even if sanctions are lifted, the relationship between Russia and the leasing companies has probably been permanently damaged by Russia's move to nationalize and take title of hundreds of planes owned by those companies. Chris Isidore, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 And so while conservatives insist that Democrats want to nationalize everything down to the last snickerdoodle sale, fully Stalinesque America has always been far, far way. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, 1 Apr. 2022 The British government has made plans to nationalize Gazprom Energy, a unit of Gazprom Marketing & Trading that supplies about a fifth of the U.K. market., 1 Apr. 2022 Russian President Vladimir Putin last week expressed support for a law to nationalize assets of foreign companies that leave his country over its invasion of Ukraine. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of nationalize

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Kids Definition of nationalize

: to place under government control


transitive verb
na·​tion·​al·​ize | \ ˈna-shə-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce nationalize (audio) \
nationalized; nationalizing

Legal Definition of nationalize

: to invest control or ownership of in the national government

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