decentralize

[ dee-sen-truh-lahyz ]
/ diˈsɛn trəˌlaɪz /
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verb (used with object), de·cen·tral·ized, de·cen·tral·iz·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), de·cen·tral·ized, de·cen·tral·iz·ing.

to undergo decentralization: The city government is looking for ways to decentralize.

Nearby words

  1. decennium,
  2. decent,
  3. decenter,
  4. decently,
  5. decentralization,
  6. decentralized processing,
  7. decentre,
  8. deception,
  9. deception bed,
  10. deception table

Also especially British, de·cen·tral·ise.

Origin of decentralize

First recorded in 1850–55; de- + centralize

Related formsde·cen·tral·ist, nounde·cen·tral·i·za·tion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for decentralise

decentralize

decentralise

/ (diːˈsɛntrəˌlaɪz) /

verb

to reorganize (a government, industry, etc) into smaller more autonomous units
to disperse (a concentration, as of industry or population)
Derived Formsdecentralist, noun, adjectivedecentralization or decentralisation, noun

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Word Origin and History for decentralise

decentralize

v.

1840 (implied in decentralized), probably a back-formation from decentralization. Related: Decentralizing.

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