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 Dostum’s plan stresses the rights of ethnic minorities and the decentralization of political and military control. Washington Post, "A ramped-up push for peace is splintering Afghanistan’s already fragile government," 30 Mar. 2021 More leaders at every level of the organization paves the way for successful decentralization, delegation, and higher degrees of overall performance and achievement. Brent Gleeson, Forbes, "The Navy SEAL Way To Effectively Lead Remote Teams," 17 Mar. 2021 Technological oversights and snafus, coupled with decentralization, planning shortfalls and limited coordination among government agencies all contributed to the early problems — some of which still persist. Alex Mann,, "Missteps marked Maryland’s COVID vaccine rollout, experts say: ‘We have to be willing to try different things’," 1 Apr. 2021 Underly previously proposed a decentralization move months ago, in a questionnaire for the Wisconsin School Administrators Alliance. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deb Kerr, superintendent candidate, wants to move most Department of Public Instruction workers out of Madison," 11 Mar. 2021 Yes, through decentralization, de-escalation, and strategic moderation. David French, Time, "Keep the Filibuster, There Are Better Ways to Reform a Broken System," 23 Mar. 2021 All that security and functionality depends on decentralization. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Are your NFTs on the wrong blockchain?," 10 Mar. 2021 Their examples show how brands can enter the world of NFTs, the blockchain, and decentralization. Cathy Hackl, Forbes, "Four Things Brands Need To Know About NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens)," 5 Mar. 2021 The Tribune’s Bill Ruthhart and John Byrne take a look at how Madigan’s absence is expediting a decentralization of political power and emboldening more diverse and independent candidates to run for office. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "The Spin: Inside the Democratic power shift in Chicago politics | Former state senator pleads not guilty | State launches $10M COVID-19 vaccination campaign," 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of decentralization

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Apr 2021

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“Decentralization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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