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[ 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.

verb (used without object)

, cen·tral·ized, cen·tral·iz·ing.
  1. to come together at or to form a center.


/ ˈsɛntrəˌlaɪz /


  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 Forms

  • ˈcentralˌizer, noun
  • ˌcentraliˈzation, noun

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Other Words From

  • cen·tral·iz·er noun
  • o·ver·cen·tral·ize verb overcentralized overcentralizing
  • re·cen·tral·ize verb recentralized recentralizing

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Word History and Origins

Origin of centralize1

First recorded in 1790–1800; central 1 + -ize

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Example Sentences

A managed services provider contract centralizes that function with an outsourced partner like AMN.

From Fortune

He argues that cryptocurrencies preserve the ability of individuals to do with their money as they please, instead of centralizing that power.

From Ozy

In interviews during that period, he voiced optimism about Europe’s ability to centralize its political and economic institutions under a strong executive branch.

The problems arise when they look to centralize that data, match it to third-party resources and deploy it compliantly for campaign purposes.

From Digiday

To keep employees free of bureaucratic meddling, Nucor has chosen not to centralize functions like R&D, sales, marketing, strategy, safety, engineering, compliance, and purchasing.

From Fortune

Their duty is to centralize all evidence currently available, but let a semi-organic process develop the rest.

Once in office, they are always going to centralize power and undermine the democracy that elevated them.

This seems to be contrary to the spirit and intent of the act, which is primarily to centralize reserves in Federal Reserve Banks.

Chamberlain in vain urged defense and political policies designed to centralize power in London.

Our army was an enormous heterogeneous mass, without any pretense of a system to centralize and harmonize its movements.

There is no special branch of the service whose duty it is to regulate, centralize and direct the movements of the army.

No people ever existed, who watched more narrowly the existence of power, and its innate tendency to centralize, and usurp.