centralize

verb
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.

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Some of those food makers were unhappy that Whole Foods centralized purchasing and raised supplier fees, Mr. Green said. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Natural Grocers Shrug Off Amazon-Whole Foods Threat," 26 Aug. 2018 But there is the danger that the costs will be so high that the university may have to centralize services, narrow its mission and become more like a polytechnic institute. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Can liberal education survive at a scandal-plagued university? A professor explains why it must.," 1 May 2018 Republicans centralize more of their efforts at party headquarters, while Democrats are more splintered. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Top Democratic donors hear from rising stars ahead of 2020," 12 Dec. 2018 The chemicals maker is in the process of centralizing some of its accounting tasks in three main shared services centers in Mexico, China and the Netherlands. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Akzo Nobel Spinoff Nouryon Seeks Price Rises to Offset Higher Raw Material Costs," 24 Dec. 2018 Additionally, Smash action on the Switch is anchored to the bottom of the screen more often than on Wii U, which tended to centralize combat's vertical axis. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system," 6 Dec. 2018 Wolosky said that officials in the Obama administration centralized the monitoring of former detainees in a high-level State Department office to prioritize problem-solving and reduce the risk that something would go wrong. Dionne Searcey And Charlie Savage, miamiherald, "Senegal eyes deporting ex-detainees as critics accuse U.S. of neglect | Miami Herald," 6 Apr. 2018 Decades ago, the government decided to centralize street food hawkers to maintain sanitary standards and also to help with the restructuring of the city. Meagan Morrison, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Common Mistakes Travelers Make in Singapore," 1 Mar. 2018 UW-Madison does not have centralized tracking of complaints made at the department or school/college level, but has identified centralized record-keeping as an area of improvement, McGlone said. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW students accuse teachers of sexual harassment in more than half of all campus cases," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of centralize

1795, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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centralize

verb

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

centralize

verb
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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