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

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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 His proposals to nationalize broad sectors of the economy have alarmed many in Peru, including business interests. Franklin BriceÑo And Regina Garcia Cano, Star Tribune, "Students' struggles pushed Peru teacher to run for president," 18 Apr. 2021 Republicans say the measure would lead to more voter fraud and would nationalize the election process to favor Democratic victories. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "House rejects bid to lower federal voting age to 16," 3 Mar. 2021 The charismatic nationalist President Gamal Abdel Nasser opted to nationalize the Suez Canal Company’s holdings and Egyptian troops seized its facilities. Washington Post, "The Suez Canal, a chokepoint of history," 26 Mar. 2021 The non-specific endorsement came as pressure is increasing on Democrats to meet Republicans’ efforts to nationalize the recall effort. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Will Biden campaign for Newsom in a recall? White House isn't saying," 10 Mar. 2021 Billions of euros are being deployed to nationalize payrolls, suppress bankruptcies and avoid mass unemployment. New York Times, "Europe’s Pandemic Debt Is Dizzying. Who Will Pay?," 17 Feb. 2021 This law required the U.S. government to nationalize the country’s silver mines and use the silver production to mint coins. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "From WallStreetBets to William Jennings Bryan: Why America’s financial populists love a good silver rally," 6 Feb. 2021 Much less clear is whether the college sports industry will nationalize safety reforms like those adopted by the NFL, which limits the number of full-contact practices per season. Alan Blinder, Star Tribune, "Football practices pose more concussion risk than games, study suggests," 4 Feb. 2021 Much less clear is whether the college sports industry will nationalize safety reforms like those adopted by the N.F.L., which limits the number of full-contact practices per season, or some college conferences. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "Football Practices Pose More Concussion Risk Than Games, Study Suggests," 1 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of nationalize

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nationalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nationalize. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for nationalize

nationalize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of nationalize

: to cause (something) to be under the control of a national government

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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