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or (especially British) centralise

[sen-truh-lahyz] /ˈsɛn trəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), centralized, centralizing.
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), centralized, centralizing.
to come together at or to form a center.
Origin of centralize
1790-1800; central1 + -ize
Related forms
centralizer, noun
overcentralize, verb, overcentralized, overcentralizing.
recentralize, verb, recentralized, recentralizing.
uncentralized, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then he might centralise great national questions, leaving a great deal of local government in local questions.

    Eugenics and Other Evils G. K. Chesterton
  • Thanks to the brassardiers, the tide of prisoners swelled so that it became necessary to centralise the carnage.

British Dictionary definitions for centralise


to draw or move (something) to or towards a centre
to bring or come under central control, esp governmental control
Derived Forms
centralization, centralisation, noun
centralizer, centraliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for centralise



1795, "to bring to a center;" 1800, "come to a center," from central + -ize, on model of French centraliser (1790). A word from the French Revolution. Related: Centralized; centralizing.

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
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