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 Blair chose to centralize and impose targets; Cameron criticized this approach from opposition, only to imitate it in power. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Boris Johnson vs. British Officialdom," 4 Mar. 2020 Create an all-payer claims database to centralize billing and reduce administrative costs. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Healthcare plan details from the top 6 Democratic candidates," 28 Feb. 2020 Alexa Following significant blowback, Amazon was the first smart assistant company to centralize and expand its user controls for voice recording retention. Wired, "How to Keep Your Smart Assistant Voice Recordings Private," 29 Oct. 2019 Oakley was transferred to Northeast Baptist, where the hospital system has centralized the medical care of critically ill coronavirus patients. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "Doctors didn’t think she would survive COVID-19. More than a month later, she walked out of the hospital," 1 May 2020 Meanwhile, there is disagreement in Europe over whether its approach will be decentralized or centralized. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Governments likely to defer to Big Tech on Covid-19 contact tracing," 18 Apr. 2020 Traditionally, blood samples have been provided at low cost by Britain’s largely centralized public health system to labs and clinics. Jane Bradley, New York Times, "Blood Samples, Vital for Antibody Tests, Sold at Lucrative Rates," 11 Apr. 2020 Nick was taken across town to Northeast Baptist Hospital, where the hospital system had centralized care for its critical COVID-19 patients. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "A last resort against COVID-19," 26 Apr. 2020 Distribution centers are important links in the supply chain and have centralized a lot of work, Girotra said. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "At Safeway’s huge Tracy warehouse, 51 workers have coronavirus and one is dead," 19 Apr. 2020

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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 7 Jun. 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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