Pronunciation: (nash'u-nl-īz", nash'nu-līz"), [key]
—v., -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to bring under the ownership or control of a nation, as industries and land: a movement to nationalize the oil industry.
2. to make into a nation.
3. to naturalize.
4. to make national in extent or scope: a magazine article that nationalized a local problem.
to become nationalized or naturalized: Those who remain in the country must nationalize. Also, esp. Brit.,na'tion•al•ise".
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.