Definition of denationalize in English:



  • 1Transfer (a nationalized industry or institution) from public to private ownership.

    • ‘The picture he draws is not one of corporations denationalized by economic integration and states whose powers have been eroded, as in much current writing on globalization.’
    • ‘The independence of the judiciary and the slow rate of denationalising of state industries were highlighted as areas which needed improvement.’
    • ‘Well then: refund our taxes, denationalize the roads.’
    • ‘A person could be denationalized for, among other things, advocating the overthrow of the government by force or violence.’
    • ‘Only a third of the economy has been denationalised, which is not considered enough by a long chalk.’
    • ‘In parallel, state-owned industry was rapidly denationalized and an army of unemployed established.’
    • ‘‘The not-for-profit sector should take up the challenge and denationalise compassion’, he added.’
    • ‘Its advocates have urged African countries to privatize and denationalize a wide swath of government services and industries traditionally run by the state.’
    • ‘It is the kind of combination that I would describe as a partial denationalizing of some of the functions and work of state institutions.’
    • ‘The administration is proposing a reorganization that denationalizes operations of the national railroad.’
    • ‘State enterprises were first ‘restructured, ‘- i.e., surplus personnel removed - and then denationalised, which was accompanied by mass redundancies.’’
    • ‘To prepare the terrain for a genuine emancipation, there is a need for founding social sciences and knowledge on bases that are decolonized, denationalized.’
    private, public, non-state-controlled, non-state-run, non-public, private-sector, private-enterprise, fee-paying, commercial
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  • 2Deprive (a country or person) of nationality or national characteristics.

    • ‘Brownell, a 1958 case, the Court rejected a constitutional challenge to a provision of the 1940 law that denationalized American citizens for voting in foreign elections.’


Early 19th century ( denationalize): from French dénationaliser (a word of the French Revolution), from dé- (expressing reversal) + nationaliser nationalize.