- 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.
Origin of decentralize
Examples from the Web for decentralization
Each side can appreciate some but not all aspects of decentralization.Relax—Both Parties Are Going Extinct
November 4, 2014
Decentralization should cover every aspect of publishing, including acquisition.5 Ways to Fix Book Publishing
July 12, 2013
The problem with that is that it represents a sort of decentralization.Literary City: Jay McInerney’s New York
January 26, 2013
Decentralization has been the essential fact of Afghan life for centuries.Karzai's Newest Lie
July 20, 2010
This decentralization began with an organization of all the states.Herbert Hoover
One main cause for this, perhaps, was the decentralization of the South.Four Years in Rebel Capitals
T. C. DeLeon
The work of decentralization in England is rapidly going on.British Political Leaders
A striking feature of the competitive method is its decentralization.The Principles of Economics
Frank A. Fetter
It is not a question of decentralization; it is your political fetichism which I attack.What is Property?
P. J. Proudhon
- to reorganize (a government, industry, etc) into smaller more autonomous units
- to disperse (a concentration, as of industry or population)
Word Origin and History for decentralization
1840 (implied in decentralized), probably a back-formation from decentralization. Related: Decentralizing.