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[ dih-mok-ruh-tahyz ]
/ dɪˈmɒk rəˌtaɪz /

verb (used with or without object), de·moc·ra·tized, de·moc·ra·tiz·ing.

to make or become democratic.

Nearby words

democratic party, democratic republic of congo, democratic socialism, democratic-republican party, democratization, democratize, democritus, democritus junior, demoded, demodex, demodex folliculorum
Also especially British, de·moc·ra·tise.

Origin of democratize

1790–1800; < French démocratiser, equivalent to démocrate democrat + -iser -ize
Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for democratise

  • Any attempt to democratise art results only in the lowering of the 8artistic standard.

    Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning|Willard Huntington Wright
  • America, like ourselves, is very wisely trying to democratise its war loans.

    Women and War Work|Helen Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for democratise



/ (dɪˈmɒkrəˌtaɪz) /


(tr) to make democratic
Derived Formsdemocratization or democratisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for democratise



1798 (transitive), 1840 (intransitive), from French démocratiser, from démocratie (see democracy). Greek demokratizein meant "to be on the democratic side."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper