de·​cen·​tral·​i·​za·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌsen-trə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce decentralization (audio) \

Definition of decentralization

1 : the dispersion or distribution of functions and powers a decentralization of powers specifically, government : the delegation of power from a central authority to regional and local authorities the decentralization of the state's public school system government decentralization
2 sociology : the redistribution of population and industry from urban centers to outlying areas

Other Words from decentralization

decentralize \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈsen-​trə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce decentralization (audio) \ verb

Examples of decentralization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The crypto crash is defining the strengths and weaknesses of decentralization and its polar opposite, centralization. Clem Chambers, Forbes, 18 July 2022 These young crypto believers are often fully committed to working in the sector, attracted by the idea of decentralization and their faster career advancement potential. Fortune, 29 June 2022 Instead, the images are stored with another decentralization method. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 Market research innovation, trial co-creation and decentralization are key. Fabio Gratton, Forbes, 19 July 2022 Its security and decentralization is second to none, meaning its almost impossible to corrupt the network for personal gains. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 22 June 2022 Simply put, Web3 is a response to these Web 2.0 companies, and its driving force is decentralization. Jonathan Kay, Forbes, 29 June 2022 The problem, therefore, is not too much decentralization in crypto but too much centralization in corporate intermediaries, whose inner machinations and financial health are concealed from the public. Alex Tapscott, Fortune, 28 June 2022 Adherents believe Web3 will restore democracy to the internet, put users back in charge through decentralization, and respect user privacy. Maritza Johnson, Fortune, 24 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of decentralization

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Decentralization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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