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  • adjective Describes something that has undergone the process of nationalisation
  • verb To bring a private company under the control of a specific government.
  • verb To bring a concept such as a political issue or commercial campaign to the attention of the entire country.

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  • verb make national in character or scope
  • verb put under state control or ownership


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national +‎ -ise


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  • Since far more Greeks lived outside than within the new state, Greek efforts to solidify the nation culturally and politically, or to 'nationalise' space, co-existed and contradicted the aims of the Greek irredentist project, namely the 'Megale Idea' (Great Idea), to expand the nation's borders and absorb Greece's 'unredeemed' populations.

    Arms and the Woman: Just Warriors and Greek Feminist Identity 2008

  • He questioned how much SAA's attempt to "nationalise" the local aviation industry was ultimately going to cost South African taxpayers.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 2006

  • Still have to find a price from the broker to 'nationalise' it.

    Thinking of buying property in veracruz can I import a 5th wheel to live in while I am building? 2002

  • The Congress of SA Trade Unions in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday called on the national and provincial governments to "nationalise" the public passenger transport system in the wake of Monday's announced withdrawal of the Putco bus company in the province.

    ANC Daily News Briefing 1996

  • Meanwhile the Labour men talk about the need to "nationalise" the mines or the land, as if it were not the great difficulty in a plutocracy to nationalise the Government, or even to nationalise the nation.

    The New Jerusalem 1905

  • This explains the rumour, rife in the industry for a short time, that Obama was intending to 'nationalise' BP.

    Energy Bulletin - 2010

  • The chairperson of the parliamentary portfolio committee for rural development and land reform says there are no plans within the ANC to "nationalise" all agricultural land.

    News24 Top Stories 2010

  • Cape Town - Plans to "nationalise" all South African agricultural land do not exist within ANC structures.

    News24 Top Stories 2010

  • The decision, and the 16 March announcement that Sudan would "nationalise" all humanitarian work within one year, have attracted condemnation from the highest levels of the UN and the US.

    AllAfrica News: Latest 2009

  • It is the open theft by members of the Hungarian government that is the main issue in this neck of the woods, which is why I say "nationalise" very carefully, and under strict, tranparent legislation. 2009


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