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verb (used with object), bu·reauc·ra·tized, bu·reauc·ra·tiz·ing.
  1. to divide an administrative agency or office into bureaus.
  2. to increase the number of government or business bureaus.
  3. to cause to become bureaucratic or to resemble a bureaucracy: to bureaucratize a city's social services.
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Also especially British, bu·reauc·ra·tise.

Origin of bureaucratize

From the French word bureaucratiser, dating back to 1890–95. See bureaucrat, -ize
Related formsbu·reauc·ra·ti·za·tion, nounde·bu·reauc·ra·tize, verb (used with object), de·bu·reauc·ra·tized, de·bu·reauc·ra·tiz·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for bureaucratize



  1. (tr) to administer by or transform into a bureaucracy
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Derived Formsbureaucratization or bureaucratisation, noun
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