- to distribute the administrative powers or functions of (a central authority) over a less concentrated area: to decentralize the national government.
- to disperse (something) from an area of concentration: to decentralize the nation's industry.
- to undergo decentralization: The city government is looking for ways to decentralize.
Also especially British, de·cen·tral·ise.
Origin of decentralize
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Examples from the Web for decentralist
The policy of the convention was centralist on strike and decentralist on free-speech fights.The I.W.W.
Paul Frederick Brissenden
- to reorganize (a government, industry, etc) into smaller more autonomous units
- to disperse (a concentration, as of industry or population)
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Word Origin and History for decentralist
1840 (implied in decentralized), probably a back-formation from decentralization. Related: Decentralizing.
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