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

  • transitive v. To change (an industry or business, for example) from governmental or public ownership or control to private enterprise: "The strike ... was called to protest the ... government's plans to break up and privatize the deficit-ridden national railway system” ( Christian Science Monitor).

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  • v. To release government control of (a business or industry) to private industry.
  • v. To make (a variable, etc.) private in scope.

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

  • v. change from governmental to private control or ownership

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