centralize

[sen-truh-lahyz]
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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.
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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Contemporary Examples of centralized

  • But Tocqueville in fact distinguished between two kinds of centralization: centralized administration and centralized government.

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    Poulos Gets Piketty—and Tocqueville—Wrong

    Arthur Goldhammer

    April 26, 2014

  • Centralized Russian power has always been in tension with what the Cossacks stood for.

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    Cossacks: The Cowboys of Crimea

    Kamil Tchorek

    March 12, 2014

  • We do not want to be a centralized point of failure, but we also do not want to lead our buyers into dangerous waters.

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    Inside the Great Bitcoin Heist

    Michael Daly

    February 18, 2014

  • But these challenges pale in comparison to a coercive and centralized system that is vulnerable to abuse.

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    End the Chief Rabbinate’s Monopoly

    Rabbi Avi Weiss

    November 7, 2013

  • Because for every centralized application on the Internet, there can be an open, secure, and decentralized alternative.

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    The Internet Shouldn’t Own You

    Eric Klinker

    October 10, 2013

Historical Examples of centralized


British Dictionary definitions for centralized

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
Derived Formscentralization or centralisation, nouncentralizer or centraliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for centralized

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"]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper