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 .
- de·cen·tral·ist, noun
- de·cen·tral·i·za·tion [dee-sen-truh-lahy-zey-shuhn], /diˌsɛn trə laɪˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun
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How to use decentralize in a sentence
He, and others like him, want to decentralize the web and clean it of fake news and toxicity.
I think there is a lot of innovation above just currency to be had, especially as we think about decentralizing social media more and providing more economic incentive.Jack Dorsey says bitcoin will be a big part of Twitter’s future | Sarah Perez | July 23, 2021 | TechCrunch
Real-estate changes and decentralizationOnce people are no longer anchored to living in a city like London or New York by a full-time job, it decentralizes the talent pool away from the core metropolitan hubs.‘Touchdown spaces’, blended meetings and proximity bias: businesses tackle practical realities of hybrid models | Jessica Davies | April 26, 2021 | Digiday
America could decentralize power from large hospital systems to smaller-scale care, particularly in marginalized communities.
The internet decentralized content creation, but NFTs are trying to recentralize the distribution of culture.NFTs Explained: What They Are and Why They’re Selling for Millions of Dollars | Luke Heemsbergen | March 5, 2021 | Singularity Hub
It is probable, therefore, that on the whole the effect of Socialism would be to decentralize rather than to centralize.Twentieth Century Socialism | Edmond Kelly
The partisans of State Rights, in their efforts to decentralize, would denationalize.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 18 (of 20) | Charles Sumner
For once we have centralized our great rail transport plant, we shall at once begin to decentralize it.Our Railroads To-Morrow | Edward Hungerford
Such action would further decentralize our credit structure.State of the Union Addresses of Herbert Hoover | Herbert Hoover
The only way to engage the people in the task is to decentralize the government.China, Japan and the U.S.A. | John Dewey
British Dictionary definitions for decentralize
to reorganize (a government, industry, etc) into smaller more autonomous units
to disperse (a concentration, as of industry or population)
- decentralist, noun, adjective
- decentralization or decentralisation, noun
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