Denationalize De*na"tion*al*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Denationalized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Denationalizing}.] [Cf. F. d['e]nationaliser.] 1. To divest or deprive of national character or rights. [1913 Webster]

Bonaparte's decree denationalizes, as he calls it, all ships that have touched at a British port. --Cobbett. [1913 Webster]

An expatriated, denationalized race. --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]

2. to change (something, as an industry or business) from state to private ownership or control; as, the British denationalization of steel.

Syn: privatize, denationalise. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • denationalize — de‧na‧tion‧al‧ize [diː næʆnəlaɪz] also denationalise verb [transitive] to sell a business or industry that is owned by the state, so that it is owned privately; = PRIVATIZE: • There was no attempt to denationalize the giant state monopolies. •… …   Financial and business terms

  • denationalize — 1807, to deprive of nationality, from Fr. dénationaliser (said in contemporary English publications to have been coined by Napoleon Buonaparte; denapoleonize was coined shortly thereafter); see DE (Cf. de ) + NATIONALIZE (Cf. nationalize).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • denationalize — (Amer.) de·na·tion·al·ize || ‚diː næʃnÉ™laɪz v. put under private control; place under private ownership, transfer from public to private ownership; deprive of national status (also denationalise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • denationalize — (also denationalise) ► VERB ▪ transfer from public to private ownership. DERIVATIVES denationalization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • denationalize — [dē nash′ə nə līz΄] vt. denationalized, denationalizing [Fr dénationaliser: see DE & NATIONALIZE] 1. to deprive of national rights or status 2. to place (an industry owned or controlled by the government) under private ownership denationalization …   English World dictionary

  • denationalize — [[t]di͟ːnæ̱ʃənəlaɪz[/t]] denationalizes, denationalizing, denationalized VERB To denationalize an industry or business means to transfer it into private ownership so that it is no longer owned and controlled by the state. [OLD FASHIONED] [V n]… …   English dictionary

  • denationalize — UK [diːˈnæʃ(ə)nəlaɪz] / US [dɪˈnæʃ(ə)nəˌlaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms denationalize : present tense I/you/we/they denationalize he/she/it denationalizes present participle denationalizing past tense denationalized past participle… …   English dictionary

  • denationalize — verb a) To transfer the control and ownership of an industry from government to private hands; to privatize. What does signify, however, is the assumption that evangelical missions introduce or maintain an alien culture and that they… …   Wiktionary

  • denationalize — transitive verb Date: 1807 1. to divest of national character or rights 2. to remove from ownership or control by the national government • denationalization noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • denationalize — denationalization, n. /dee nash euh nl uyz /, v.t., denationalized, denationalizing. 1. to remove (an industry or the like) from government ownership or control. 2. to deprive of national status, attachments, or characteristics. Also, esp. Brit …   Universalium

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