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

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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 Beginning in the 1890s, Progressive-era reformers encouraged primary elections as a way to democratize the presidential nomination process by allowing ordinary Americans to voice their political views directly. National Geographic, "Here’s the difference between a caucus and a primary election," 31 Jan. 2020 Google and Facebook do democratize the distribution of information and help local businesses find customers. Washington Post, "Big Tech’s Canned Responses Won’t Cut It Anymore," 24 July 2019 For those in the movement to democratize the Labour Party, this was an insoluble dilemma. David Graeber, The New York Review of Books, "The Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite in the ‘Brexit Election’," 13 Jan. 2020 The Grandes Écoles system dates from the late 18th century, and the institutions created then were meant to democratize France’s civil service and wider society. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019 Einziger argued that his company’s technology is democratizing the experience of going to a live event. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "The future of live music lives on your smartphone," 16 Nov. 2019 Blockchain could simultaneously universalize and democratize that process, according to Esserman. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Exclusive: This Doctor Wants to Use Salesforce Blockchain to Cut Cancer Drug Development Costs in Half," 21 Nov. 2019 The preparation of high-end restaurant food hasn’t been entirely democratized, but the best chefs today often come from countries in Asia and the Global South. Adam Shatz, The New Yorker, "My Life as a Child Chef," 18 Nov. 2019 The streaming era also democratized fandom, creating a nation of tastemakers. Allison Stewart,, "It’s been 50 years of thumping, bumping and setting the dance scene for the iconic North Side Gramaphone Records," 14 Nov. 2019

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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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5 Feb 2020

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“Democratize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 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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