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 National Immigration Legal Services provides a comprehensive directory to help locate and centralize immigration rights resources. Ashley Vaughan, CNN, "Ways to support humanitarian aid at the US-Mexico border," 9 Apr. 2021 In her interview on Sunday, Ms. Merkel threatened to centralize power in the chancellery if state leaders ignored the need for more restrictions on movement. New York Times, "Merkel’s Latest Pandemic Challenge: Leading as a Lame Duck," 1 Apr. 2021 This new figure was made public Thursday as the Golden State rolled back plans to centralize the delivery of doses under a program run by Blue Shield of California. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "In California: Newsom says all Californians expected to be eligible for vaccine by May 1," 20 Mar. 2021 Klinepeter said the state intends to centralize information on which providers have appointments available onto the map in the coming weeks. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Pandemic popcorn, doctor’s notes, Red Lantern Award: News from around our 50 states," 19 Mar. 2021 Keeping the tournament in a single area allows the NCAA to centralize game venues, practice and meeting rooms, hotels and medical support. USA Today, "How NCAA March Madness will look contained in Indianapolis," 18 Mar. 2021 Co-founder of Dozuki, the leading knowledge management platform for manufacturers to capture, control, and centralize essential information. Brian Sallee, Forbes, "How AR Can (Actually) Shape The Future Of Manufacturing," 4 Mar. 2021 This new application will centralize the rent assistance process for the whole state. Karina Andrew, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Need help paying rent? Starting March 15, here’s how to get it.," 1 Mar. 2021 The founders of the Fed worried that a central bank might centralize financial power and influence in the northeast, and in so doing move capital toward unproductive speculative uses rather than real development uses. Robert Hockett, Forbes, "‘Building Back Better’ Phase Two – Time Now To Jumpstart Domestic Production," 3 Mar. 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 22 Apr. 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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