Meaning of “denationalize” in the English Dictionary

"denationalize" in British English

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denationalizeverb [ T ]

UK usually denationalise uk /ˌdiːˈnæʃ.ən.əl.aɪz/ us /ˌdiːˈnæʃ.ən.əl.aɪz/
denationalization
noun [ C or U ] UK usually denationalisation uk /diːˌnæʃ.ən.əl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us /diːˌnæʃ.ən.əl.əˈzeɪ.ʃən/

Examples from literature

  • In regard to externals he was as nearly as possible denationalized. 
  • In this way principalities and republics gradually denationalized their armies, and came to carrying on campaigns by the aid of foreign mercenaries under paid commanders. 
  • There were vulgar assailants, indeed, who alleged at one time that he had thoroughly denationalized himself by his long absences. 

(Definition of “denationalize” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"denationalize" in Business English

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denationalizeverb [ T ]

UK also denationalise /ˌdiːˈnæʃnəlaɪz/ uk us ECONOMICS, GOVERNMENT

to sell a government organization so that it becomes a company:

The first attempt to denationalize the national telecoms company had failed.

(Definition of “denationalize” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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