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decentralize

[dee-sen-truh-lahyz] /diˈsɛn trəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), decentralized, decentralizing.
1.
to distribute the administrative powers or functions of (a central authority) over a less concentrated area:
to decentralize the national government.
2.
to disperse (something) from an area of concentration:
to decentralize the nation's industry.
verb (used without object), decentralized, decentralizing.
3.
to undergo decentralization:
The city government is looking for ways to decentralize.
Also, especially British, decentralise.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; de- + centralize
Related forms
decentralist, noun
decentralization, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for de-centralise

decentralize

/diːˈsɛntrəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to reorganize (a government, industry, etc) into smaller more autonomous units
2.
to disperse (a concentration, as of industry or population)
Derived Forms
decentralist, noun, adjective
decentralization, decentralisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for de-centralise

decentralize

v.

1840 (implied in decentralized), probably a back-formation from decentralization. Related: Decentralizing.

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