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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.
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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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Related Words for centralized

consolidate, integrate, unify, rationalize, streamline, compact, incorporate, organize, systematize, gather, focus, condense, converge, amalgamate, accumulate, assemble, concenter

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British Dictionary definitions for centralized



  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 centralized



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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