verb (used with object), na·tion·al·ized, na·tion·al·iz·ing.
- to bring under the ownership or control of a nation, as industries and land: a movement to nationalize the oil industry.
- to make into a nation.
- to naturalize.
- to make national in extent or scope: a magazine article that nationalized a local problem.
verb (used without object), na·tion·al·ized, na·tion·al·iz·ing.
- to become nationalized or naturalized: Those who remain in the country must nationalize.
- to put (an industry, resources, etc) under state control or ownership
- to make national in scope, character, or status
- a less common word for naturalize
n.1801, “act of rendering national in character,” from nationalize + -ation. Meaning “act of bringing (property) under control of the national government” is from 1874. v.1800, “invest with a national character,” from national + -ize. Meaning “bring under state control” is from 1869. Related: Nationalized; nationalizing. A government takeover of a private business. The taking over of private property by a national government.