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 democratize (audio) \ noun
democratizer \ di-​ˈmä-​krə-​ˌtī-​zər How to pronounce democratize (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 Bitcoin started with a lofty idea to democratize money. Shira Ovide, New York Times, "What is a Blockchain? Is It Hype?," 26 Jan. 2021 Should Washington envision Ukraine as a lever to democratize Russia, Putin will destabilize Ukraine further. Michael Kimmage, The New Republic, "How Biden Can Achieve a Russian Restoration," 26 Jan. 2021 There must be clear explanations of why a change is urgently needed, as well as models showing how success will dramatically lessen cancer’s impact on the world and how such sweeping programs can democratize health care by removing inequalities. Members Of The Oncology Think Tank, Scientific American, "We Must Find Ways to Detect Cancer Much Earlier," 8 Jan. 2021 In Myanmar, activist Aung San Suu Kyi spent 15 years in prison for her attempt to democratize the nation. Jacob Kushner, Los Angeles Times, "In Ethiopia, a Nobel Peace laureate goes to war," 6 Dec. 2020 But Substack’s ability to democratize information will be directly related to the prices its authors choose to charge. Michael J. Socolow, The Conversation, "Substack isn’t a new model for journalism – it’s a very old one," 7 Dec. 2020 In this vein, Khan Academy founder Sal Khan’s new initiative, which aims to create an online marketplace for students seeking free virtual tutoring on specific topics, could be a model to democratize access. Philip Oreopoulos, Scientific American, "Scale Up Tutoring to Combat COVID Learning Loss for Disadvantaged Students," 24 Nov. 2020 Sega wanted to democratize VR, to bring it into the living room at a family-friendly price. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "How Video Game Historians Resurrected Sega's Lost VR Headset," 20 Nov. 2020 But, worried the process felt too hectic and exclusive, the company sought a way to democratize it before this year’s holiday rush. Julissa James, Los Angeles Times, "Why are 200,000 parents desperate to buy this $229 couch for kids?," 10 Nov. 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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15 Feb 2021

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“Democratize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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