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centralize

[sen-truh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), cen·tral·ized, cen·tral·iz·ing.
  1. to draw to or gather about a center.
  2. to bring under one control, especially in government: to centralize budgeting in one agency.
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verb (used without object), cen·tral·ized, cen·tral·iz·ing.
  1. to come together at or to form a center.
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Also especially British, cen·tral·ise.

Origin of centralize

First recorded in 1790–1800; central1 + -ize
Related formscen·tral·iz·er, nouno·ver·cen·tral·ize, verb, o·ver·cen·tral·ized, o·ver·cen·tral·iz·ing.re·cen·tral·ize, verb, re·cen·tral·ized, re·cen·tral·iz·ing.un·cen·tral·ized, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Then he might centralise great national questions, leaving a great deal of local government in local questions.

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    G. K. Chesterton

  • Thanks to the brassardiers, the tide of prisoners swelled so that it became necessary to centralise the carnage.


British Dictionary definitions for centralise

centralize

centralise

verb
  1. to draw or move (something) to or towards a centre
  2. to bring or come under central control, esp governmental control
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Derived Formscentralization or centralisation, nouncentralizer or centraliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for centralise

centralize

v.

1795, "to bring to a center;" 1800, "come to a center," from central + -ize, on model of French centraliser (1790). A word from the French Revolution. Related: Centralized; centralizing.

Government should have a central point throughout its whole periphery. The state of the monthly expences amounted to four hundred millions; but within these seven months, it is reduced to one hundred and eighty millions. Such is the effect of the centralization of government; and the more we centralize it, the more we shall find our expenses decrease. [Saint-Just, "Discourse on the State of the Finances"]
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