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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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Examples from the Web for centralized

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



  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



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