transitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
- to make national in character
- to transfer ownership or control of (land, resources, industries, etc.) to the national government
transitive verbna·tion·al·ized, na·tion·al·iz·ing, na·tion·al·iz·es
- To convert from private to governmental ownership and control: nationalize the steel industry.
- a. To make national in character, scope, or notoriety: “His high profile on such issues as abortion … has already begun to nationalize his image” ( Kenneth L. Woodward )b. To render distinctively national: characteristics and issues that have tended to nationalize American political life.
(third-person singular simple present nationalizes, present participle nationalizing, simple past and past participle nationalized)
- (American) Alternative spelling of nationalise.
- (archaic) To make national; to make a nation of; to endow with the character and habits of a nation, or the peculiar sentiments and attachment of citizens of a nation.
national +"Ž -ize
nationalize - Computer Definition
To transfer ownership of a commercial enterprise from private interests to the government. Also known as legalized theft of private property. See also privatize.