Definition of privatize
- privatize an industry
- The mayor's threat to privatize trash collection shook things up.
- —Jeff Bailey
The city decided to privatize the municipal power company.
a proposal to privatize the health-care system
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: to remove (something) from government control and place it in private control or ownership
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