cen·tral·ize | \ˈsen-trə-ˌlīz \
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 \ noun
centralizer \ˈsen-trə-ˌlī-zər \ 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.

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The question is, what can be centralized and what can’t? Betsy Z. Russell, idahostatesman, "BSU’s Kustra pulls no punches on Gov. Otter’s higher ed CEO idea," 25 Jan. 2018 On one side was centralized authoritarian control; on the other, democratic government of, by and for the people. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 Facebook had much to gain by centralizing the web onto one platform: Facebook. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "What Happened to Facebook's Grand Plan to Wire the World?," 17 May 2018 An ‘unwilling hero’ Since PiS took power in 2015, the conservative party has waged a campaign to centralize power and increase control of the judiciary, with significant results. Kristen Chick, The Christian Science Monitor, "By staying on the job, Poland's top judge fights the right-wing government," 13 July 2018 Over the past few years, Muñoz spearheaded the effort to centralize all aspects of Music Circus besides the talent at the warehouse. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Behind the scenes at Music Circus: "The better you are at your job, the less people notice"," 6 July 2018 Instead, a national economic crime center was set up within the NCA to centralize financial crime-fighting with assistance from the SFO, financial regulators, tax authorities and police. Margot Patrick, WSJ, "Former U.S. Federal Prosecutor Named Director of U.K. SFO," 4 June 2018 Further, few religions are as centralized or as fastidious about record keeping as the Catholic Church. Peter Smith, Philly.com, "Victims' advocates: Abuse not just a 'Catholic problem'," 25 June 2018 As chairman, Shea helped keep tuition frozen following the 2008 recession while trimming $200 million in costs by centralizing procurement and taking other efficiency measures. Robert Mccartney, Washington Post, "Jim Shea: Dark-horse Maryland gubernatorial candidate with lots of cash," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of centralize

1795, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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 \
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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