nationalize

verb
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 Senate Democrats may vote Wednesday on a proposal that would nationalize election law. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 18 Jan. 2022 Andrei Turchak, the secretary of the general council of the United Russia party, said Russia should nationalize the operations of Western companies exiting the country. Evan Gershkovich, WSJ, 11 Mar. 2022 Murdock’s efforts to localize and nationalize this study. Beatrice Peterson, ABC News, 8 June 2022 Only four months ago, President Biden came to Morehouse College in Atlanta to push Senate bills that would nationalize election administration and ban states from enacting voter-integrity measures of their own. John Fund, National Review, 22 May 2022 Russian President Vladimir Putin has vowed to retaliate against the companies leaving Russia, including threatening to nationalize their assets. Robert Hart, Forbes, 16 May 2022 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, 16 May 2022 Russia’s actions to nationalize the planes still in Russia. Chris Isidore, CNN, 7 Apr. 2022 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 See More

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First Known Use of nationalize

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Aug 2022

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“Nationalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nationalize. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for nationalize

nationalize

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

Kids Definition of nationalize

: to place under government control

nationalize

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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