Definition of denationalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /dēˈnaSH(ə)n(ə)lˌīz/


[with object]
1Transfer (a nationalized industry or institution) from public to private ownership.
Example sentences
  • In parallel, state-owned industry was rapidly denationalized and an army of unemployed established.
  • Its advocates have urged African countries to privatize and denationalize a wide swath of government services and industries traditionally run by the state.
  • Only a third of the economy has been denationalised, which is not considered enough by a long chalk.
2Deprive (a country or person) of nationality or national characteristics.
Example sentences
  • Brownell, a 1958 case, the Court rejected a constitutional challenge to a provision of the 1940 law that denationalized American citizens for voting in foreign elections.



Pronunciation: /ˌdēnaSH(ə)nələˈzāSHən/ Pronunciation: /ˌdēnaSH(ə)nəˌlīˈzāSHən/ Pronunciation: /dəˌnaSH(ə)nəˌlīˈzāSHən/ Pronunciation: /dəˌnaSH(ə)nələˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • ‘What is important to me is for the privatization process and the transition from one administration to another to proceed smoothly, maintaining at the same time the high quality and speed of denationalization,’ he said.
  • So intense has been the heat generated by the vested interests opposing the denationalization of these two institutions that the matter has still not been sorted out.
  • One option was to make restructuring of the holding group part of the privatisation, which means that its denationalisation would be delayed.


Early 19th century (sense 2): from French dénationaliser (a word of the French Revolution), from dé- (expressing reversal) + nationaliser 'nationalize'.

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Syllabification: de·na·tion·al·ize

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