de·​con·​cen·​trate | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrāt How to pronounce deconcentrate (audio) \
deconcentrated; deconcentrating; deconcentrates

Definition of deconcentrate

transitive verb

: to reduce or abolish the concentration of : decentralize

Other Words from deconcentrate

deconcentration \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌkän(t)-​sən-​ˈtrā-​shən How to pronounce deconcentrate (audio) \ noun

Examples of deconcentrate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It must also be dealt with spatially and collectively, meaning that it must be deconcentrated. The Economist, 26 Sep. 2019 From Nixon to Clinton, Republican and Democrat administrations alike have woefully underfunded an agency that remains one of the few federal efforts that focuses on the daunting task of deconcentrating poverty. Valerie Stahl, Slate Magazine, 11 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of deconcentrate

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Deconcentrate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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