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

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

Examples of decentralization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet there are signs of experimentation with the idea of decentralization with currency swaps and more. Roger Huang, Forbes, "Institutional Support Is Coming To Bitcoin," 24 Feb. 2021 Complicating matters is the increasing decentralization of the vaccine distribution system. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio City Council shoots down idea of one-stop COVID-19 vaccine registry - for now," 18 Feb. 2021 Small-block people argue that the big-block vision will undermine the decentralization that drew many people to the cryptocurrency in the first place. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Want to really understand how bitcoin works? Here’s a gentle primer," 26 Dec. 2020 Over the past 25 years, Sale had continued to write about decentralization and simplicity. Steven Levy, Wired, "A 25-Year-Old Bet Comes Due: Has Tech Destroyed Society?," 5 Jan. 2021 But bitcoin's decentralization also had another consequence that was more subtle yet could turn out to be more important: bitcoin transactions are irreversible. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Want to really understand how bitcoin works? Here’s a gentle primer," 26 Dec. 2020 The Department of Defense can issue new contracting guidelines that forbid contractors to have too many contracts, forcing decentralization in a highly concentrated defense contracting industry. Zephyr Teachout, The New Republic, "A Blueprint for a Trust-Busting Biden Presidency," 18 Dec. 2020 To be sure, some types of trials and diseases are appropriate for full decentralization. Kent Thoelke, STAT, "There’s a silent crisis in clinical research. And it’s not Covid-19," 28 Oct. 2020 The history of the web is littered with open-source attempts at decentralization, few of which have gained prominence—Facebook was never bothered by Diaspora, nor was Twitter by Mastodon, though blockchain technology is doing pretty well for itself. David Meyer, Fortune, "Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee’s Solid data-privacy project enters the real world," 9 Nov. 2020

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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 4 Mar. 2021.

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