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

 

privatize

 verb
(British English also -ise)verb
BrE BrE//ˈpraɪvətaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪvətaɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they privatize
BrE BrE//ˈpraɪvətaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪvətaɪz//
 
he / she / it privatizes
BrE BrE//ˈpraɪvətaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪvətaɪzɪz//
 
past simple privatized
BrE BrE//ˈpraɪvətaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪvətaɪzd//
 
past participle privatized
BrE BrE//ˈpraɪvətaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪvətaɪzd//
 
-ing form privatizing
BrE BrE//ˈpraɪvətaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪvətaɪzɪŋ//
 
Economy
 
jump to other results
privatize something to sell a business or an industry so that it is no longer owned by the government synonym denationalize Air traffic control has been privatized. opposite nationalize See related entries: Economy
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: privatize