- to draw to or gather about a center.
- to bring under one control, especially in government: to centralize budgeting in one agency.
- to come together at or to form a center.
Also especially British, cen·tral·ise.
Origin of centralize
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- to draw or move (something) to or towards a centre
- to bring or come under central control, esp governmental control
Word Origin and History for recentralize
Government should have a central point throughout its whole periphery. The state of the monthly expences amounted to four hundred millions; but within these seven months, it is reduced to one hundred and eighty millions. Such is the effect of the centralization of government; and the more we centralize it, the more we shall find our expenses decrease. [Saint-Just, "Discourse on the State of the Finances"]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper