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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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  • The picture above shows medical experts inputting data into a large centralized electronic library.
  • It's handled regionally and every little area does their own thing, so there was no centralized information source.
  • Authority is centralized and the leader's best strategy for management avoids delegation of authority.
  • Large-scale composting efforts have generally taken two forms: centralized and decentralized.
  • But the episode emphasized the need for a centralized antivenin bank.
  • Some skeptics of the new charter feared a big expansion of centralized power.
  • It elects its own members, and power is heavily centralized in the president and the executive committee.
  • The same can be said, and is true, with respect to centralized political power.
  • There's a lot to be said for a more centralized, more majoritarian government.
  • Fusion is a centralized business, meaning that the government is the only one spending money on it.
British Dictionary definitions for centralized


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 centralized



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"]

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