[ 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.

Origin of centralize

First recorded in 1790–1800; central1 + -ize
  • Also especially British, cen·tral·ise .

Other words from centralize

  • cen·tral·iz·er, noun
  • o·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.

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How to use centralize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for centralize



/ (ˈsɛntrəˌlaɪz) /

  1. to draw or move (something) to or towards a centre

  2. to bring or come under central control, esp governmental control

Derived forms of centralize

  • centralization or centralisation, noun
  • centralizer or centraliser, noun

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