de·​moc·​ra·​tize | \di-ˈmä-krə-ˌtīz \
democratized; democratizing

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Other Words from democratize

democratization \-​ˌmä-​krə-​tə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun
democratizer \-​ˈmä-​krə-​ˌtī-​zər \ 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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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 Thus a democratizing Russia is assumed to be automatically pro-Western, while an autocratic one is assumed to be inherently against the West. Seva Gunitsky, The New Republic, "One Word to Fix U.S. Russia Policy," 27 Apr. 2018 Nations behind the former Iron Curtain democratized and some disintegrated: Czechoslovakia peacefully, Yugoslavia not. Jonathan Bradley, Billboard, "Dream Up the World You're Gonna Live In: How U2's 'Zooropa' Got the Future Wrong, 25 Years Later," 5 July 2018 Keeling’s efforts to democratize artwork as an expressive craft fit well with the aim of the By the People festival, and Goodall says that his extensive experience working with youth will help spread the festival’s message to the next generation. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "How This Comic Maker Plans to Make Everyone an Artist," 18 June 2018 But the sequencing giant has been making more moves lately to appeal to customers with smaller pockets and democratize access to its technology. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "This Startup Wants to Be AirBnb for Gene Sequencers," 8 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of democratize

: to make (a country or organization) more democratic

: to make (something) available to all people : to make it possible for all people to understand (something)

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