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English definition of “nationalize”


verb [T]  /ˈnæʃ·ə·nəlˌɑɪz/ us  
social studies to bring business, industry, or land under the control or ownership of the government: The program’s huge cost makes it unlikely that Congress will try to nationalize health care in the near future.
noun [U] /ˌnæʃ·ən·əl·əˈzeɪ·ʃən, -ɑɪˈzeɪ·ʃən/
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