transitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
- to deprive of national rights or status
- to place (an industry owned or controlled by the government) under private ownership
Origin of denationalizeFrench dénationaliser: see de- and nationalize
transitive verbde·na·tion·al·ized, de·na·tion·al·iz·ing, de·na·tion·al·iz·es
- To deprive of national rights or characteristics.
- To transfer (an industry, for example) from governmental to private ownership.
(third-person singular simple present denationalizes, present participle denationalizing, simple past and past participle denationalized)
From French dénationaliser