privatize

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verb pri·vat·ize \ˈprī-və-ˌtīz\

Definition of privatize

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make private; especially :  to change from public to private control or ownership privatize an industry The mayor's threat to privatize trash collection shook things up. — Jeff Bailey

privatization

play \ˌprī-və-tə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of privatize in a Sentence

  1. The city decided to privatize the municipal power company.

  2. a proposal to privatize the health-care system

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First Known Use of privatize

1948


PRIVATIZE Defined for English Language Learners

privatize

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verb

Definition of privatize for English Language Learners

  • : to remove (something) from government control and place it in private control or ownership


Law Dictionary

privatize

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transitive verb pri·va·tize \ˈprī-və-ˌtīz\

Legal Definition of privatize

privatized

privatizing

  1. :  to make private; especially :  to change (as a business or industry) from public to private control or ownership

privatization

\ˌprī-və-tə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌtī-\ play noun

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