Definition of nationalize in English:

Share this entry

nationalize

Pronunciation: /ˈnaʃ(ə)n(ə)lʌɪz/
(also nationalise)

verb

[with object]
1Transfer (a major branch of industry or commerce) from private to state ownership or control: the Bank of England was nationalized in the winter of 1946-7 (as adjective nationalized) the nationalized industries
More example sentences
  • Collectivist institutions like the trade unions, local government, and nationalized industries had already been weakened by the end of the 1980s, as a result of Conservative policies.
  • We discussed different issues: not paying the external debt anymore, re-nationalizing the privatized industries, nationalizing the banks and the international trade.
  • It wants greater control, to nationalise industries, regulate businesses, and tax everyone to the hilt.
2Give a national character to: in the 13th and 14th centuries church designs were further nationalized
More example sentences
  • Such cultural diversity and geographic isolation have led to a nationalized sense of pride.
  • At the risk of errant foolishness, I attempted a nationalized semiotics of squibbing: what will the squibs of each country's films tell me?
  • The complex is part of a nationalized vocabulary of religious architecture in which the ritual progression through buildings is consistent from complex to complex, region to region, and religion to religion.
3 (usually as adjective nationalized) archaic Naturalize (a foreigner): he is now a nationalized Frenchman

Derivatives

nationalizer

noun
Example sentences
  • Labor in Queensland, even in its earliest years, was never wholly composed of extreme nationalisers; any more than the New South Wales party was composed only of down-to-earth industrial reformers.
  • A similar view on land nationalization was expressed in an interview at Adelaide: ‘I am not a land nationaliser in the narrow meaning of the term.’
  • Some say that as his practical policy recommendation was land taxation, he should be seen as a land taxer not a land nationaliser.
Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.