What does nationalization mean?

Definitions for nationalization

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nationalization, nationalisation(noun)

    the action of forming or becoming a nation

  2. nationalization, nationalisation(noun)

    the action of rendering national in character

  3. nationalization, nationalisation, communization, communisation(noun)

    changing something from private to state ownership or control

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nationalization(noun)

    the act of nationalizing, or the state of being nationalized


  1. Nationalization

    Nationalization is the process of taking a private industry or private assets into public ownership by a national government or state. Nationalization usually refers to private assets, but may also mean assets owned by lower levels of government, such as municipalities, being transferred to the public sector to be operated and owned by the state. The opposite of nationalization is usually privatization or de-nationalization, but may also be municipalization. Industries that are usually subject to nationalization include transport, communications, energy, banking and natural resources. A renationalization occurs when state-owned assets are privatized and later nationalized again, often when a different political party or faction is in power. A renationalization process may also be called reverse privatization. Nationalization has been used to refer to either direct state-ownership and management of an enterprise or to a government acquiring a large controlling share of a nominally private, publicly listed corporation. Nationalization was one of the major strategies advocated by socialists for transitioning from capitalism to socialism. Socialist ideologies that favor nationalization are typically called state socialism. In this context, the goals of nationalization were to dispossess large capitalists and redirect the profits of industry to the public purse, as a precursor to the long-term goals of establishing worker-management and reorganizing production toward use.

Editors Contribution

  1. nationalization

    The act, procedure and process of nationalizing and transforming private assets and services into public assets and services by bringing them under the public ownership of a national government or state.

    The government were exploring the possibility of nationalizing its steel plants and railways.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nationalization in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nationalization in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mmusi Maimane:

    The initial phases have started, it doesn't mean I endorse the EFF's view on white South Africans or that I endorse their philosophy on nationalization.

  2. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham:

    I've never been more worried about the early primary states than I am today, the nationalization of this election by using national polls to determine who's qualified to speak, undercuts the process that stood the test of time.

  3. Angela Eagle:

    Call it what you like - co-investing, part-nationalization, temporary public stewardship, or sheltering the assets - it's clear that circumstances may require the government to do this. They should spare their ideological blushes and just get on with it.

  4. Wales Prime Minister David Cameron:

    We're going to work very hard with the company to do everything we can, but it is a difficult situation, there can be no guarantees of success because of the problems that the steel industry faces worldwide, we're not ruling anything out, (but) I don't believe nationalization is the right answer.

  5. J.B.S. Haldane, "On Being the Right Size" in the (1928) book "Possible Worlds":

    To the biologist the problem of socialism appears largely as a problem of size. The extreme socialists desire to run every nation as a single business concern. I do not suppose that Henry Ford would find much difficulty in running Andorra or Luxembourg on a socialistic basis. He has already more men on his pay-roll than their population. It is conceivable that a syndicate of Fords, if we could find them, would make Belgium Ltd. or Denmark Inc. pay their way. But while nationalization of certain industries is an obvious possibility in the largest of states, I find it no easier to picture a completely socialized British Empire or United States than an elephant turning somersaults or a hippopotamus jumping a hedge.

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