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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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 Only the wealthy will be able to participate in an initial coin offering meant to democratize who can make money off tech. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Elon Musk crashes Tesla’s Wall Street beat with a bizarre earnings call," 3 May 2018 Unirule was founded 25 years ago to promote liberalizing China’s economy and democratizing its government. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "In Beijing, Doors Shut on a Bastion of Independent Ideas," 11 July 2018 As Mexico democratized over the past twenty years, the PRI proved remarkably resilient. Michael Lettieri, Washington Post, "Mexico votes tomorrow. Here’s how the country will be radically transformed when the PRI loses.," 30 June 2018 Something that will democratize the joy of learning about technology for diverse groups of young people, just like you. Kriti Sharma, Teen Vogue, "How Artificial Intelligence Can Help Underserved Communities Around the World," 7 June 2018 With her spur-of-the-moment turtleneck, Ms. Stone went a long way to democratizing the stark minimalism that designers like Calvin Klein and Helmut Lang were sanctifying in the ’90s. Rory Satran, WSJ, "How to Get Carolyn Bessette Kennedy’s Radically Simple Style," 11 Apr. 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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