- transfer (a major branch of industry or commerce) from private to state ownership or control；give a national character to
verb: nationalize, 3rd person present: nationalizes, gerund or present participle: nationalizing, past tense: nationalized, past participle: nationalized
- 1. transfer (a major branch of industry or commerce) from private to state ownership or control the Bank of England was nationalized in the winter of 1946–7
- 2. give a national character to in the 13th and 14th centuries church designs were further nationalized
- 3. archaic naturalize (a foreigner).