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[dih-mok-ruh-tahyz] /dɪˈmɒk rəˌtaɪz/
verb (used with or without object), democratized, democratizing.
to make or become democratic.
Also, especially British, democratise.
Origin of democratize
1790-1800; < French démocratiser, equivalent to démocrate democrat + -iser -ize
Related forms
democratization, noun
democratizer, noun
de-democratization, noun
de-democratize, verb, de-democratized, de-democratizing.
redemocratization, noun
redemocratize, verb, redemocratized, redemocratizing.
undemocratization, noun
undemocratize, verb (used with object), undemocratized, undemocratizing. Unabridged
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  • In the demand for the democratization of German public life our legislators do not seem even to admit the existence of women.

    Mobilizing Woman-Power Harriot Stanton Blatch
  • The democratization of the world and the universal brotherhood of mankind.

    The Rough Road William John Locke
  • democratization of learning, by the cheap books of Aldus, 21.

    The Booklover and His Books Harry Lyman Koopman
  • If democratization be synonymous with anglicization, Ireland begs to be excused.

    The Sacred Egoism of Sinn Fein Gnathai Gan Iarraidh
  • This democratization of the peerage was accompanied by great modifications of pomp and stateliness in the daily life of the peers.

    Collections and Recollections George William Erskine Russell
British Dictionary definitions for democratization


(transitive) to make democratic
Derived Forms
democratization, democratisation, noun
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Contemporary definitions for democratization
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Word Origin and History for democratization

1865; see democratize + -ation.



1798 (transitive), 1840 (intransitive), from French démocratiser, from démocratie (see democracy). Greek demokratizein meant "to be on the democratic side."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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