- 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.
Origin of decentralize
Examples from the Web for decentralized
The Ottomans had managed Arabia through a decentralized system of provinces called valyets, run by governors they appointed.Gertrude of Arabia, the Woman Who Invented Iraq
June 17, 2014
Full-scale civil wars are giving way to fragmented armed groups with decentralized power bases in remote border regions.The Curse of CAR: Warlords, Blood Diamonds, and Dead Elephants
May 25, 2014
We want a decentralized government that will give us more freedom to manage our own affairs.With Poroshenko on the Ukraine Campaign Trail
May 23, 2014
Rather, his appeal proceeded (and still proceeds) from a radical message of individual autonomy and decentralized political power.It's Not Racist to Hate Government
May 5, 2014
The emerging church movement, in particular, has embraced a kind of steady, decentralized growth that can seem CrossFit-ish.Is American Christianity Becoming a Workout Cult?
April 27, 2014
In fact, it is the most decentralized movement in the world today.The I.W.W.
Paul Frederick Brissenden
The whole proposition can be decentralized for the good of the service.Letters from an Old Railway Official
Charles DeLano Hine
He has a social consciousness and a social passion of his own, but it is decentralized, one might say.Pan
The plan is national in scope and operation, yet it is decentralized.Under Four Administrations
Oscar S. Straus
New marches were formed, traversing the previous Lombard fabric and introducing divisions that decentralized the kingdom.Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)
John Addington Symonds
- to reorganize (a government, industry, etc) into smaller more autonomous units
- to disperse (a concentration, as of industry or population)
Word Origin and History for decentralized
1840 (implied in decentralized), probably a back-formation from decentralization. Related: Decentralizing.