- 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 centralize
Their duty is to centralize all evidence currently available, but let a semi-organic process develop the rest.How the Syrian War Subreddit Scoops Mainstream Media
November 7, 2013
Once in office, they are always going to centralize power and undermine the democracy that elevated them.David Brooks's Egyptian Lessons For Israel
July 9, 2013
Now, all the signs of the times indicate the necessity to centralize.The Ontario High School Reader
This is an evil which has crept in with the tendency to centralize the schools.
Understand me, Sir, I do not seek to centralize, but to nationalize.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 18 (of 20)
His object was to purify French, and, as it were, to centralize it.A History of Literary Criticism in the Renaissance
Joel Elias Spingarn
Chamberlain in vain urged defense and political policies designed to centralize power in London.The Canadian Dominion
Oscar D. Skelton
- 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 centralize
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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