democratize

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

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Other Words from democratize

democratization \ -​ˌmä-​krə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce democratization (audio) \ noun
democratizer \ -​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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By putting the ability to own a stake in the entire stock market into the hands of any investor who could scrape together what was for many years Vanguard’s required account minimum of $3,000, Mr. Bogle helped democratize financial markets. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "John C. Bogle, Founder of Vanguard Group, Dies at 89," 17 Jan. 2019 There are the studios—like Andersen's latest, a bilevel space on Houston Street soft-opening this week—aiming to democratize the body-toning practice with a suite of classes that elevate the heart rate or stretch out tight muscles. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "These 5 Pilates Studios Have Fierce—and Incredibly Fit—Followings for a Reason," 21 Sep. 2018 From its beginnings in 1994, Amazon’s platform was designed to democratize retail. New York Times, "Amazon, the Brand Buster," 23 June 2018 Luckily, Brodeur is keen on democratizing her approach. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the Under-the-Radar Facialist Behind Michelle Obama's Radiant Glow," 13 Nov. 2018 In spite of these efforts to democratize art, though, the overall market is still privileged towards, well, the very privileged. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Why is art so expensive?," 31 Oct. 2018 Smartphones democratized both content creation and internet access, and that moved the internet into a new era. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Roasting each other for our battery life in screenshots brought the internet together," 13 Aug. 2018 Garmin is democratizing many of its specialized sports features—like onboard mapping, Trendline Popularity Routing, and Climb Pro—by integrating them into more devices. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Garmin Fenix 5S Plus review: So capable, so enviable, so expensive," 29 July 2018 The smartphone has democratized and arguably cheapened, like so much else, this particular form of expression. Laren Stover, New York Times, "The Selfie That Dares to Go There," 7 July 2018

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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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democratize

verb

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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