To make national; to make a nation of; to endow with the character and habits of a nation, or the peculiar sentiments and attachment of citizens of a nation.
- To convert from private to governmental ownership and control: nationalize the steel industry.
- 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).
- To render distinctively national: characteristics and issues that have tended to nationalize American political life.