verb (used with object), na·tion·al·ized, na·tion·al·iz·ing.

  1. to bring under the ownership or control of a nation, as industries and land: a movement to nationalize the oil industry.
  2. to make into a nation.
  3. to naturalize.
  4. 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.

  1. to become nationalized or naturalized: Those who remain in the country must nationalize.

verb (tr)

  1. to put (an industry, resources, etc) under state control or ownership
  2. to make national in scope, character, or status
  3. a less common word for naturalize

v.1800, “invest with a national character,” from national + -ize. Meaning “bring under state control” is from 1869. Related: Nationalized; nationalizing.

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