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[ sen-truh-luh-zey-shuh n ]
/ ˌsɛn trə ləˈzeɪ ʃən /


the act or fact of centralizing; fact of being centralized.
the concentration of administrative power in a central government, authority, etc.
Chiefly Sociology.
  1. a process whereby social groups and institutions become increasingly dependent on a central group or institution.
  2. concentration of control or power in a few individuals.


Pore Over vs. Pour OverSince pour is a common word and sounds identical to pore, many English speakers use the verb pour in the verb phrase pore over meaning “to meditate or ponder intently.” 

Nearby words

centralise, centralism, centralist, centralistic, centrality, centralization, centralize, centrally, centre, centre bit, centre forward

Origin of centralization

First recorded in 1795–1805; centralize + -ation
Related formsan·ti·cen·tral·i·za·tion, adjective, nouno·ver·cen·tral·i·za·tion, nounpro·cen·tral·i·za·tion, adjectivere·cen·tral·i·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for over-centralization

  • France under the Ancien Rgime was suffering all the evils that result from over-centralization and "red tape."

    A History of England|Charles Oman

Word Origin and History for over-centralization



1801, especially of administrative power, originally with reference to Napoleonic France and on model of French centralisation. See centralize + -ation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper