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 Such decentralization makes physicians like Doraiswamy wary. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 Michael Dell was a college student and started Dell from his dorm room, which was radical decentralization. Dan Patterson, CBS News, 10 Feb. 2022 And given that a core principle of cryptocurrency is decentralization, having more people participating in securing the blockchain helps secure the whole system. NBC News, 25 May 2021 The freedom, and frankly convenience, of decentralization and interoperability has been promised not only by the metaverse but Web3. Scott Galloway For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 12 Apr. 2022 Ubisoft Quartz reflects this ambition and represents an incredible opportunity to learn with our community about what decentralization can bring to gaming. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 6 Apr. 2022 Web3's decentralization gives control back to brands, empowering them to adopt the e-commerce tech stacks that work best on an individualized basis. Esther Kestenbaum Prozan, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 Despite the talk of decentralization, centralized companies like Yuga Labs, which owns the Bored Apes, have done well. Scott Nover, Quartz, 23 Mar. 2022 To centralize or not to centralize While the race to become the crypto capital of the U.S. has broken out into a full sprint, there are still doubts about whether crypto—a space built on the premise of decentralization—even needs one at all. Declan Harty, Fortune, 15 Mar. 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 24 May. 2022.

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