- to draw to or gather about a center.
- to bring under one control, especially in government: to centralize budgeting in one agency.
- to come together at or to form a center.
Also especially British, cen·tral·ise.
Origin of centralize
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Examples from the Web for centralised
At last all the additions were centralised and the definite result proclaimed.His Masterpiece
And yet he heartily admires some of the results of a centralised monarchy.The English Utilitarians, Volume I.
He had been the Minister of a centralised despotism himself.History of Modern Europe 1972-1878
C. A. Fyffe
It was not, as with us, centralised under the control of a single conductor.Handel
Want cuts up all these great empires in their centralised governments.'Critical Studies
- to draw or move (something) to or towards a centre
- to bring or come under central control, esp governmental control
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Word Origin and History for centralised
Government should have a central point throughout its whole periphery. The state of the monthly expences amounted to four hundred millions; but within these seven months, it is reduced to one hundred and eighty millions. Such is the effect of the centralization of government; and the more we centralize it, the more we shall find our expenses decrease. [Saint-Just, "Discourse on the State of the Finances"]
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