verb (used with object), cen·tral·ized, cen·tral·iz·ing.
to draw to or gather about a center.
to bring under one control, especially in government: to centralize budgeting in one agency.
verb (used without object), cen·tral·ized, cen·tral·iz·ing.
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
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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"]
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