- 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 centralized
But Tocqueville in fact distinguished between two kinds of centralization: centralized administration and centralized government.Poulos Gets Piketty—and Tocqueville—Wrong
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But these challenges pale in comparison to a coercive and centralized system that is vulnerable to abuse.End the Chief Rabbinate’s Monopoly
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Because for every centralized application on the Internet, there can be an open, secure, and decentralized alternative.The Internet Shouldn’t Own You
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He doubted that it was workable because it centralized power in Washington.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965
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Before 1898 the administration of justice was not centralized.
And yet the Democrats tell me that it is dangerous to have centralized power.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 9 (of 12)
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The Parti Ouvrier adopted a centralized form of organization.Syndicalism in France
The Scriptural authority for dress is centralized by Proverbs xxxi.Arrows of the Chace, v. 2
- 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 centralized
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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