American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To convert from private to governmental ownership and control: nationalize the steel industry.
- 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).
- v. To render distinctively national: characteristics and issues that have tended to nationalize American political life.
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.
- v. American alternative spelling of nationalise.
- v. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. To change ownership of (a business, a property) from private ownership to state ownership or control.
- v. make national in character or scope
- v. put under state control or ownership
- national + -ize (Wiktionary)
“And the push to nationalize is just another left-wing handout/wish.”
“Is there some special reason it cannot come into México without being "nationalize"?”
“He thought I could "nationalize" it since it was over 10 years in MX (turns out to be a gringo myth), but it cannot be nationalized (VIN # doesn't fall into the correct category).”
“After "Communist-in-Chief" Barack Obama spoke to Americans like they were a bunch of babies (all the while scheming to steal their money and give it to the banks, which he would then nationalize, meaning he would get a huge year-end bonus), it was refreshing to see a politician who isn't afraid to speak to Americans like they're adults.”
“If the Kremlin, for example, is willing to "nationalize" the oil company Yukos or pass a BP”
“And if he got angry enough to push aside the laws which clearly state that BP is responsible for cleaning up the mess, and somehow "nationalize" the cleanup, or even put BP into receivership, then Republicans would immediately start screaming that Obama wanted to take over the oil industry, and it was all a secret plot by socialist Democrats to end everyone's freedom.”
“If the word "nationalize" sounds un-American, think "publicly-owned and operated for the benefit of the public," like public libraries, public parks, and public courts.”
“SO, cut the (penta) five-a-gon to a one-a-gon, (80% reduction of military madness) AND 'nationalize' the media AND get half our federal taxes left-over, REBATE.”
“But ever since we started telling ourselves that we had to save bankrupt institutions by taking them over and pretending not to "nationalize" them, we have apparently forgotten.”
“Back in the '50s, the conservatives helped "nationalize" American transportation by building the interstate highway system.”
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