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decentralize

[dee-sen-truh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), de·cen·tral·ized, de·cen·tral·iz·ing.
  1. to distribute the administrative powers or functions of (a central authority) over a less concentrated area: to decentralize the national government.
  2. to disperse (something) from an area of concentration: to decentralize the nation's industry.
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verb (used without object), de·cen·tral·ized, de·cen·tral·iz·ing.
  1. to undergo decentralization: The city government is looking for ways to decentralize.
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Also especially British, de·cen·tral·ise.

Origin of decentralize

First recorded in 1850–55; de- + centralize
Related formsde·cen·tral·ist, nounde·cen·tral·i·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for decentralise

Historical Examples

  • Its first effect, if it has any real power in our hearts and lives, will be to change their centre, to decentralise.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)

    Alexander Maclaren

  • Of the modern tendencies which affect literature, not commerce, the most conspicuous is the tendency to decentralise.

    American Sketches

    Charles Whibley

  • They wished to decentralise the government, and to obtain, for good or evil, the genuine expression of popular sentiment.

    The History of Freedom

    John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton


British Dictionary definitions for decentralise

decentralize

decentralise

verb
  1. to reorganize (a government, industry, etc) into smaller more autonomous units
  2. to disperse (a concentration, as of industry or population)
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Derived Formsdecentralist, noun, adjectivedecentralization or decentralisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for decentralise

decentralize

v.

1840 (implied in decentralized), probably a back-formation from decentralization. Related: Decentralizing.

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