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

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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 Newton said the intent of that bill, sponsored by Sen. Del Marsh, R-Anniston, was to centralize the responsibility for building project oversight. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, 19 July 2021 Step one is to centralize leadership through the appointment of a national Electricity Resilience and Innovation Czar. Mark N. Templeton, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 The directory helps centralize the often informal volunteer recruitment work among the nonprofit sector. Dallas News, 24 June 2021 The document drafted by Meléndez flirts with the county exploring creating its own school police agency, a move Enos would support to better centralize operations and solidify relationships with students. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, 24 Apr. 2021 Deciding what to centralize and decentralize can be a hard call. Kartik Mandaville, Forbes, 14 June 2021 The plan to restructure the agency would centralize payroll functions, as well as human resources, at the agency’s headquarters in Lawrenceville, N.J., the two state officials said. Christopher Weaver, WSJ, 6 June 2021 Republican leaders are trying to hold the party together in an effort to centralize the focus to winning back the House in 2022. Lauren Fox, CNN, 30 Apr. 2021 Essentially, from around that time a new Eskom management began to centralize decisions that used to be the domain of power station managers. Toby Shapshak, Forbes, 31 May 2021

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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 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of centralize

: to bring (things that are in different places) together at a single point or place
: to bring (something) under the control of one authority


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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