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

to make or become democratic.

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··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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for democratize




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

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

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