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nationalize Syllabification: na·tion·al·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈnaSH(ə)nəˌlīz/

Definition of nationalize in English:


[with object]
1Transfer (a major branch of industry or commerce) from private to state ownership or control.
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.
2Make distinctively national; give 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) Naturalize (a foreigner): he is now a nationalized Frenchman



Pronunciation: /ˌnaSHənəliˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • President Nasser's nationalization of the Suez Canal and the subsequent British and French attack on Port Said was and still is a pivotal event in modern Arab history.
  • Caught in the middle, he has since moved to the left, endorsing nationalization but arguing that it should be done through a national constitutional assembly.
  • There were assaults on the press, extensive nationalization of businesses and a methodical effort to build a shadow army, which produced mounting violence throughout the period.


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.

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