centralize

[sen-truh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), centralized, centralizing.
1.
to draw to or gather about a center.
2.
to bring under one control, especially in government: to centralize budgeting in one agency.
verb (used without object), centralized, centralizing.
3.
to come together at or to form a center.
Also, especially British, centralise.


Origin:
1790–1800; central1 + -ize

centralizer, noun
overcentralize, verb, overcentralized, overcentralizing.
recentralize, verb, recentralized, recentralizing.
uncentralized, adjective
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centralize or centralise (ˈsɛntrəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to draw or move (something) to or towards a centre
2.  to bring or come under central control, esp governmental control
 
centralise or centralise
 
vb
 
centrali'zation or centralise
 
n
 
centrali'sation or centralise
 
n
 
'centralizer or centralise
 
n
 
'centraliser or centralise
 
n

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Word Origin & History

centralize
1800, "come to a center," from central + -ize. Meaning "to bring to a center" is from 1801. Related: Centralized; centralizing.
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Example sentences
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.
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