privatise

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (US) IPA: /ˈpraɪvətaɪz/
  • Hyphenation: pri‧va‧tise

Other spellings[change]

Verb[change]

Plain form
privatise

Third-person singular
privatises

Past tense
privatised

Past participle
privatised

Present participle
privatising

  1. (economics) When a government privatises something, it removes government control over an industry or a part of the economy, and let people manage it themselves.
    Senator Barry Goldwater's proposal to privatise Social Security had received a lot of opposition.
  2. (computing) When you privatize something (such as a variable or function), you make it private and making it only able to be used internally.