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[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.
Also, especially British, centralise.
1790-1800; central1 + -ize
Related forms
centralizer, noun
overcentralize, verb, overcentralized, overcentralizing.
recentralize, verb, recentralized, recentralizing.
uncentralized, adjective Unabridged
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  • They did want to centralize government, but from an extremely decentralized starting point.
  • We centralize functions such as finance and technology where there are economies of scale.
  • With such a short itinerary, centralize your visit around one or two events or attractions.
  • If you centralize the genetic direction, the problem is how to encode and transmit the genetic signal for each cell.
  • Helping companies decide how to centralize email is itself now a booming trade.
  • There is a major difference between centralize pseudonymity and decentralized pseudonymity.
  • He figured out how to centralize financial oversight of decentralized product lines.
  • Asking legislatures to centralize school funding at the state level was a political nonstarter.
  • It lets you centralize all your phone calls, which you can access from your home, office or cell phone.
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British Dictionary definitions for centralize


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 centralize

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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