nationalize

To nationalize something is to make it public, or government-run, rather than private. Many countries, including the U.K. and Germany, have acted to nationalize railroads during periods when they faced bankruptcy.

In the United States, a relatively recent decision to nationalize an industry occurred after the attacks on September 11, 2001. Before that, security at airports was run by private companies. Afterward, the Transportation Security Administration was founded as a federal agency, nationalizing the security in all airports throughout the country. The original definition of nationalize is "invest with a national character," the way you'd nationalize your house by hanging an American flag on the porch.

Definitions of nationalize
1

v put under state control or ownership

“Mitterand nationalized the banks”
Synonyms:
nationalise
Antonyms:
denationalise, denationalize
put under private control or ownership
Types:
communise, communize
make into property owned by the state
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v make national in character or scope

“His heroic deeds were nationalized by the press”
Synonyms:
nationalise
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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