de·​moc·​ra·​tize | \ di-ˈmä-krə-ˌtīz How to pronounce democratize (audio) \
democratized; democratizing

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democratization \ di-​ˌmä-​krə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce democratization (audio) \ noun
democratizer \ di-​ˈmä-​krə-​ˌtī-​zər How to pronounce democratizer (audio) \ noun

Examples of democratize in a Sentence

Community leaders have had some success in democratizing the organization. There is internal pressure on the government to democratize. The magazine's goal is to democratize art. an effort to democratize politics
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Recent Examples on the Web But in a post-coronavirus world, virtual events and livestreaming will democratize live events, allowing for more people in more places to tune in to types of events that were previously unavailable to them. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Jill Krimmel on how live events will change after Covid," 30 June 2020 Then platforms like WordPress, Typepad, and Blogspot democratized the blogging process and removed the tech barrier, leading to a rush of non-technical blogs featuring everything from news commentary to fashion to mommy and parenting advice. Molly Beck, Quartz, "You have three years (at most) to launch a podcast," 13 Nov. 2019 The blue and white surgical masks that are currently the most visible personal protective equipment are democratizing forces, rendering all wearers equal under isolation, signifying our communal experience and our collective fear. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Should Masks Be a Fashion Statement?," 22 Apr. 2020 In mid-2018, Loeffler took a new role as CEO of Bakkt, a venture majority-owned by ICE that aims at democratizing crypto-currencies. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "A Q&A with Sen. Kelly Loeffler on her unlikely path to Washington—and what she’s planning to do there," 17 Jan. 2020 The web was once celebrated as a democratizing force and a means of escaping institutional control. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "The Real Trouble With Silicon Valley," 17 Dec. 2019 Pandering to the most passionately ideological voters is the direct result of democratizing party decisions. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Cancel the Primaries," 1 Nov. 2019 What strategies must democratizing social movements use to most effectively jump-start the kind of bottom-up pressure that can force changes in political institutions? K. Sabeel Rahman, Washington Post, "In a healthy democracy, power starts at the top — and the bottom," 25 Oct. 2019 For some people, this could be a career-making proof of concept that helps geographically democratize an industry usually clustered tight in two coastal cities. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "Quarantine Is a Weirdly Good Time for Animation," 10 May 2020

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First Known Use of democratize

1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for democratize

borrowed from French démocratiser, from démocratie democracy + -iser -ize

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The first known use of democratize was in 1798

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8 Jul 2020

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“Democratize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of democratize

: to make (a country or organization) more democratic
formal : to make (something) available to all people : to make it possible for all people to understand (something)

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