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 Rather, what's required is more regulatory enforcement on a local level, a tricky prospect for a country where power is increasingly centralized. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Coronavirus, bird flu, swine fever: Why China is still so susceptible to disease outbreaks," 6 Feb. 2020 The app was intended to be simple way to collect all of this information and centralize it as quickly as possible. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "The Iowa Caucus Tech Meltdown Is a Warning," 4 Feb. 2020 There was an email app and a program called Lightrail, which was being built to help the Democratic Party centralize its data. Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times, "Faulty Iowa App Was Part of Push to Restore Democrats’ Digital Edge," 4 Feb. 2020 The country’s mythological founder, the Yellow Emperor, is said to have ended an era of chaos by subduing warring tribes and centralizing rule in the Middle Kingdom. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Taiwan’s Election Rebuked Xi Jinping," 23 Jan. 2020 American capitalism—in which labor and private capital are both freest and any centralizing impulse weakest—is the purest form of the system embodied by any large economy. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "‘Capitalism, Alone’ Review: Inclined Toward Inequality," 20 Jan. 2020 Stanford reorganized its Office of Technology Licensing, under a new director who began in mid-2018, centralizing its functions and hiring new business development staff. Washington Post, "Think universities are making lots of money from inventions? Think again.," 17 Jan. 2020 Though the village won’t have centralized water and wastewater plumbing, residents will no longer use honey buckets. Marc Lester, Anchorage Daily News, "A Western Alaska village, long threatened by erosion and flooding, begins to relocate," 19 Oct. 2019 Wieland, who took the reins in August, was not the Massport honcho who pushed through a controversial decision to centralize ride-hail operations that would force passengers to walk a little farther at the airport. BostonGlobe.com, "controversial decision to centralize ride-hail operations," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of centralize

1795, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of centralize was in 1795

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“Centralize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centralize. Accessed 28 Feb. 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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