- 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 decentralize
The only way to engage the people in the task is to decentralize the government.China, Japan and the U.S.A.
For once we have centralized our great rail transport plant, we shall at once begin to decentralize it.Our Railroads To-Morrow
The partisans of State Rights, in their efforts to decentralize, would denationalize.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 18 (of 20)
It is probable, therefore, that on the whole the effect of Socialism would be to decentralize rather than to centralize.Twentieth Century Socialism
- 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 decentralize
1840 (implied in decentralized), probably a back-formation from decentralization. Related: Decentralizing.
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