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.
Also, especially British, decentralise.

1850–55; de- + centralize

decentralist, noun
decentralization, noun Unabridged
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decentralize or decentralise (diːˈsɛntrəˌlaɪz)
1.  to reorganize (a government, industry, etc) into smaller more autonomous units
2.  to disperse (a concentration, as of industry or population)
decentralise or decentralise
de'centralist or decentralise
n, —adj
decentrali'zation or decentralise
decentrali'sation or decentralise

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Word Origin & History

1851, from de- + centralize. Related: Decentralization (1846); decentralized; decentralizing.
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Example sentences
When you reach a large enough system, you have to decentralize, simply because
  the central decision maker can't learn enough.
In an effort to decentralize authority, he said local governments would gain
  more leeway over how budgetary funds are spent.
With this additional cost it would also be possible to decentralize production
  into dispersed plants.
Decentralize and internalize responsibility for workplace regulations.
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