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[dee-sen-truh-lahyz] /diˈsɛn trəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), decentralized, decentralizing.
to distribute the administrative powers or functions of (a central authority) over a less concentrated area:
to decentralize the national government.
to disperse (something) from an area of concentration:
to decentralize the nation's industry.
verb (used without object), decentralized, decentralizing.
to undergo decentralization:
The city government is looking for ways to decentralize.
Origin of decentralize
1850-55; de- + centralize
Related forms
decentralist, noun
decentralization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for decentralization
  • The benefits of judicious decentralization are numerous.
  • Redundancy and decentralization are our friends, and the enemies of tyrants and monopolies the world round.
  • decentralization is another important design feature.
  • Whatever happens the key to the future of energy is the decentralization of power generation.
  • Both movements can be seen in terms of a decentralization of power.
  • It's not clear whether this is about the decentralization of the university or something else.
  • Some of the efforts at health reform were well motivated, but they were aimed at decentralization.
  • National defense isn't a good candidate for decentralization because national security threats are rarely localized.
  • The country is now suffering the consequences of decentralization.
  • Which leads me to my conclusion of too great of decentralization.
British Dictionary definitions for decentralization


to reorganize (a government, industry, etc) into smaller more autonomous units
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 decentralization

1839, from de- + centralization.



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

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