cen·​tral·​ize | \ ˈsen-trə-ˌlīz How to pronounce centralize (audio) \
centralized; centralizing

Definition of centralize

intransitive verb

: to form a center : cluster around a center

transitive verb

1 : to bring to a center : consolidate centralize all the data in one file
2 : to concentrate by placing power and authority in a center or central organization centralized several functions in a single agency

Other Words from centralize

centralization \ ˌsen-​trə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce centralize (audio) \ noun
centralizer \ ˈsen-​trə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce centralize (audio) \ noun

Examples of centralize in a Sentence

All shipping operations have been centralized at the Miami office. The controversial reforms could be used to further centralize power in the hands of one party.
Recent Examples on the Web The city of Baltimore is working to expand and centralize its core anti-violence programs — steps that officials say will curb future bloodshed as the city remains on pace to record more than 300 homicides for the eighth year in a row. Jessica Anderson, Baltimore Sun, 16 Sep. 2022 The data exchange 360ofMe aims to centralize and contextualize personal information to help users cultivate greater self-knowledge as well as target the sale of such information. Charlotte Kent, WIRED, 8 Sep. 2022 What started as a way to centralize server capacity has grown to encompass thousands of services from providers big and small. Joe Atkinson, Fortune, 30 Aug. 2022 With the new platform, MPA hopes to centralize security status information and streamlines processes for site and cloud security assessments. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Aug. 2022 This broadcasting infrastructure can allow video creators to centralize the production setup of media content. Anil Ganjoo, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Many multinational groups centralize functions such as IT and the provision of spare parts. Robert Marchant, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 While well regarded by analysts, Mr. Diess struggled to deliver on his objectives, including a plan to centralize all software development for VW and bring it in-house. William Boston, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2022 The Vatican is set to centralize the financial investments of its institutions, in a bid by Pope Francis to turn the page on decades of scandals that have tarnished the reputation of the Roman Catholic Church. BostonGlobe.com, 19 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of centralize

1795, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Centralize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centralize. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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cen·​tral·​ize | \ ˈsen-trə-ˌlīz How to pronounce centralize (audio) \
centralized; centralizing

Kids Definition of centralize

: to bring to a central point or under a single control The school system centralized student records at the main office.

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