re·​na·​tion·​al·​ize (ˌ)rē-ˈnash-nə-ˌlīz How to pronounce renationalize (audio)
renationalized; renationalizing

transitive verb

: to nationalize (something) again : to place (a private industry) back under the control or ownership of the national government
Over the past five years, about a third of Russia's oil production has been effectively renationalizedFred Weir
Nine banks were renationalized; two of them have been privatized once again and the rest will be sold off when their bad-debt problems have been cleaned up.Robert Collier
renationalization noun
plural renationalizations
Corbyn has called for the renationalization of rail and energy companies … Tara John
… expect some renationalization of recently privatized business. Paul Klebnikov

Examples of renationalize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web France on Tuesday detailed its plan to renationalize its electricity utility, EDF, to shore up the nation’s energy independence by refreshing its fleet of aging nuclear plants. New York Times, 20 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of renationalize was in 1848

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“Renationalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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