Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To convert from private to governmental ownership and control: nationalize the steel industry.
  • transitive v. 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).
  • transitive v. To render distinctively national: characteristics and issues that have tended to nationalize American political life.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Alternative spelling of nationalise.
  • v. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To change ownership of (a business, a property) from private ownership to state ownership or control.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make national: as, to nationalize an institution.
  • To give the character of a nation to; stamp with the political attachments which belong to citizens of the same nation: as, to nationalize a foreign colony.
  • To make the property of the state or nation for national uses; abolish private ownership in, and vest in the nation for national use: as, to nationalize the land of a country.
  • Also spoiled nationalise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make national in character or scope
  • v. put under state control or ownership

Etymologies

national +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)

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