de·​moc·​ra·​tize di-ˈmä-krə-ˌtīz How to pronounce democratize (audio)
democratized; democratizing
democratization noun
democratizer 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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Word History


borrowed from French démocratiser, from démocratie democracy + -iser -ize

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of democratize was in 1798

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“Democratize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


de·​moc·​ra·​tize di-ˈmäk-rə-ˌtīz How to pronounce democratize (audio)
democratized; democratizing
: to make democratic
democratization noun

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