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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.

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

Origin of decentralize

First recorded in 1850–55; de- + centralize
de·cen·tral·ist, nounde·cen·tral·i·za·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for decentralize

decentralize

decentralise

/ (diːˈsɛntrəˌlaɪz) /

verb

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