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[dih-mok-ruh-tahyz] /dɪˈmɒk rəˌtaɪz/
verb (used with or without object), democratized, democratizing.
to make or become democratic.
Also, especially British, democratise.
Origin of democratize
1790-1800; < French démocratiser, equivalent to démocrate democrat + -iser -ize
Related forms
democratization, noun
democratizer, noun
de-democratization, noun
de-democratize, verb, de-democratized, de-democratizing.
redemocratization, noun
redemocratize, verb, redemocratized, redemocratizing.
undemocratization, noun
undemocratize, verb (used with object), undemocratized, undemocratizing. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • If Germany should be democratised, what place would be left for them?

    Face to Face with Kaiserism

    James W. Gerard
  • With natural French acuteness he showed the bourgeois character of the revolution in the Church, republicanised and democratised.

  • But in a democratised and self-governing India it might easily become a much more palpable anomaly.

    India, Old and New Sir Valentine Chirol
  • Diffused as was then the passion for books, it had not yet been democratised to the point of being understood by the people.

    The Printed Book Henri Bouchot
British Dictionary definitions for democratised


(transitive) to make democratic
Derived Forms
democratization, democratisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for democratised



1798 (transitive), 1840 (intransitive), from French démocratiser, from démocratie (see democracy). Greek demokratizein meant "to be on the democratic side."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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