[sen-truh-luh-zey-shuh n]


the act or fact of centralizing; fact of being centralized.
the concentration of administrative power in a central government, authority, etc.
Chiefly Sociology.
  1. a process whereby social groups and institutions become increasingly dependent on a central group or institution.
  2. concentration of control or power in a few individuals.

Nearby words

  1. centralise,
  2. centralism,
  3. centralist,
  4. centralistic,
  5. centrality,
  6. centralize,
  7. centrally,
  8. centre,
  9. centre bit,
  10. centre forward

Origin of centralization

First recorded in 1795–1805; centralize + -ation

Related formsan·ti·cen·tral·i·za·tion, adjective, nouno·ver·cen·tral·i·za·tion, nounpro·cen·tral·i·za·tion, adjectivere·cen·tral·i·za·tion, noun

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Word Origin and History for centralization



1801, especially of administrative power, originally with reference to Napoleonic France and on model of French centralisation. See centralize + -ation.

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