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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They have even barred the use of the word privatize.
(In Politics Lost, it's worth noting, Mr. Klein puts the word privatize in quotation marks, as though it was another irrational fear of those crazy libs.)
By September Joe was spending political capital trying to convince voters that he did not want to destroy social security, even though he previously had said that he wanted to "privatize" it, which is the same thing.
In 2008 the public had just weathered a nerve-rattling attempt by Republicans to "privatize" and cut Social Security, and it had survived an administration that was openly run by lobbyists and special interests.
Remember Bush and Cheney wanted to "privatize" Social Security.
Elect newcomers, and they'll "privatize" the thing.
Isn't that why there was so much push to "privatize" government jobs - private industry could do it better and cheaper?
Bush-Cheney wanted to "privatize" Social Security!!!!!
We need to reject this insane idea that to "privatize" is cheaper.
It would behoove our state to proceed with caution whenever the word 'privatize' is uttered.
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