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verb (used with or without object), de·moc·ra·tized, de·moc·ra·tiz·ing.
  1. to make or become democratic.
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Also especially British, de·moc·ra·tise.

Origin of democratize

1790–1800; < French démocratiser, equivalent to démocrate democrat + -iser -ize
Related formsde·moc·ra·ti·za·tion, nounde·moc·ra·tiz·er, nounde-de·moc·ra·ti·za·tion, nounde-de·moc·ra·tize, verb, de·-de·moc·ra·tized, de·-de·moc·ra·tiz·ing.re·de·moc·ra·ti·za·tion, nounre·de·moc·ra·tize, verb, re·de·moc·ra·tized, re·de·moc·ra·tiz·ing.un·de·moc·ra·ti·za·tion, nounun·de·moc·ra·tize, verb (used with object), un·de·moc·ra·tized, un·de·moc·ra·tiz·ing.
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Examples from the Web for democratised

Historical Examples

  • If Germany should be democratised, what place would be left for them?

    Face to Face with Kaiserism

    James W. Gerard

  • With natural French acuteness he showed the bourgeois character of the revolution in the Church, republicanised and democratised.

  • But in a democratised and self-governing India it might easily become a much more palpable anomaly.

    India, Old and New

    Sir Valentine Chirol

  • Diffused as was then the passion for books, it had not yet been democratised to the point of being understood by the people.

    The Printed Book

    Henri Bouchot

British Dictionary definitions for democratised



  1. (tr) to make democratic
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Derived Formsdemocratization or democratisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for democratised



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

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