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 centralization (audio) \ noun
centralizer \ ˈsen-​trə-​ˌlī-​zər How to pronounce centralizer (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 JPMorgan is creating a new advisory group to centralize the bank’s businesses and industry groups and to engage companies and outsiders on how to structure the work. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "The Capital Note: Bulls & Bullies," 7 Oct. 2020 Pablo Ortúzar, of the conservative think tank I.E.S., told me that Piñera’s strategy was to centralize the response to the virus. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "Chile at the Barricades," 5 Oct. 2020 The analysts’ theories as to why range from Mr. Ghani’s past inclinations to centralize government power to a practical need to shore up conservative support ahead of negotiations. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Afghan government is pushing more Taliban-style policies," 20 Aug. 2020 Critics of DeJoy say that these shifts are an attempt to consolidate and centralize power around himself. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Inside Trump’s war on the postal service," 14 Aug. 2020 Newly freed from the decree, the RNC can now centralize what individual parties and campaigns and the states had to perform. Eric Tucker And Nicholas Riccardi, Anchorage Daily News, "Constraints gone, GOP ramps up effort to monitor voting," 12 Aug. 2020 Advocate Aurora has been running drive-up testing at several of its hospitals across the state but will centralize testing at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee starting Thursday. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Advocate Aurora, facing shortage of COVID-19 supplies, will close most testing sites, stop testing some patients before surgery," 6 Aug. 2020 The hospital has created alternate care sites to centralize patients with COVID and used other employees to help care for patients. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Just 15% of Alabama ICU beds are available and officials are concerned," 4 Aug. 2020 Much attention has been paid to strongmen using the cover of crisis to centralize more power for themselves—China, Russia, Belarus and Hungary are just a few of the countries with leaders refusing to let a good crisis go to waste. Ian Bremmer, Time, "What Happens Next as Pakistan Lurches from Crisis to Crisis," 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of centralize

1795, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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10 Oct 2020

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“Centralize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centralize. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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