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tr.v. na·tion·al·ized, na·tion·al·iz·ing, na·tion·al·iz·es
1. To convert from private to governmental ownership and control: nationalize the steel industry.
a. To make national in character, scope, or notoriety: "His high profile on such issues as abortion ... has already begun to nationalize his image" (Kenneth L. Woodward).
b. To render distinctively national: characteristics and issues that have tended to nationalize American political life.
na′tion·al·i·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a person who puts an industry, resources, etc under state control or ownership