- to distribute the administrative powers or functions of (a central authority) over a less concentrated area: to decentralize the national government.
- to disperse (something) from an area of concentration: to decentralize the nation's industry.
- to undergo decentralization: The city government is looking for ways to decentralize.
Also especially British, de·cen·tral·ise.
Origin of decentralize
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Examples from the Web for decentralise
Its first effect, if it has any real power in our hearts and lives, will be to change their centre, to decentralise.
Of the modern tendencies which affect literature, not commerce, the most conspicuous is the tendency to decentralise.American Sketches
They wished to decentralise the government, and to obtain, for good or evil, the genuine expression of popular sentiment.The History of Freedom
John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
- to reorganize (a government, industry, etc) into smaller more autonomous units
- to disperse (a concentration, as of industry or population)
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Word Origin and History for decentralise
1840 (implied in decentralized), probably a back-formation from decentralization. Related: Decentralizing.
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