de·​con·​cen·​trate | \(ˌ)dē-ˈkän(t)-sən-ˌtrāt \

Definition of deconcentrate 

transitive verb

: to reduce or abolish the concentration of : decentralize

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deconcentration \(ˌ)dē-​ˌkän(t)-​sən-​ˈtrā-​shən \ noun

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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, "Ben Carson Is an Insult to HUD," 11 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of deconcentrate

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of deconcentrate was circa 1889

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