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decentralize

[dee-sen-truh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), de·cen·tral·ized, de·cen·tral·iz·ing.
  1. to distribute the administrative powers or functions of (a central authority) over a less concentrated area: to decentralize the national government.
  2. to disperse (something) from an area of concentration: to decentralize the nation's industry.
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verb (used without object), de·cen·tral·ized, de·cen·tral·iz·ing.
  1. to undergo decentralization: The city government is looking for ways to decentralize.
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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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decentralize

decentralise

verb
  1. to reorganize (a government, industry, etc) into smaller more autonomous units
  2. to disperse (a concentration, as of industry or population)
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Derived Formsdecentralist, noun, adjectivedecentralization or decentralisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for decentralization

n.

1839, from de- + centralization.

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decentralize

v.

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

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