Definition of denationalize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

denationalize

 verb
(British English also -ise)verb
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈnæʃnəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈnæʃnəlaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they denationalize
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈnæʃnəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈnæʃnəlaɪz//
 
he / she / it denationalizes
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈnæʃnəlaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈnæʃnəlaɪzɪz//
 
past simple denationalized
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈnæʃnəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈnæʃnəlaɪzd//
 
past participle denationalized
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈnæʃnəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈnæʃnəlaɪzd//
 
-ing form denationalizing
BrE BrE//ˌdiːˈnæʃnəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdiːˈnæʃnəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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denationalize something to sell a company or an industry so that it is no longer owned by the government synonym privatize opposite nationalize Word Origin early 19th cent. (originally meaning to deprive someone of their nationality): from French dénationaliser (a word of the French Revolution), from dé- (expressing reversal) + nationaliser ‘nationalize’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: denationalize