democratize

verb
de·​moc·​ra·​tize | \ di-ˈmä-krə-ˌtīz How to pronounce democratize (audio) \
democratized; democratizing

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Other Words from democratize

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

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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The people proposing this argument have one major problem; technology has now been democratized. Musa Okwonga, Quartz Africa, "How to make the case for and against VAR—video assistant referee—in the beautiful game," 10 June 2019 The proper way to achieve the Committee’s vision and democratize society, his argument implied, was to take power away from politicians and put it in the hands of engineers. Fred Turner, Harper's magazine, "Machine Politics," 10 Jan. 2019 And when Wilson brutally clamped down on civil liberties, White blithely accepted this as an acceptable price for democratizing the world. Robert W. Merry, WSJ, "‘Crusader for Democracy’ Review: A Prairie Progressive," 30 July 2018 Even before the Recession started, news and personal style blogs like Fashionista, Style Bubble, and Bryanboy had begun to infiltrate and democratize the fashion world. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 In the rush to democratize luxury, almost no brand has been spared: Gucci has become anime, even the precious Goyard print is the stuff of iPhone cases (unofficially, though that just reinforces the point). Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Luxury Has Gotten Jumbled, but Not at Bottega Veneta," 14 Feb. 2018 Virtual currencies and blockchain, the digital ledger that forms the basis of the cryptocurrencies, were intended to be democratizing and equalizing forces, buoyed by a utopian exuberance. New York Times, "Women in Cryptocurrencies Push Back Against ‘Blockchain Bros’," 25 Feb. 2018 By putting the ability to own a stake in the entire stock market into the hands of any investor who could scrape together what was for many years Vanguard’s required account minimum of $3,000, Mr. Bogle helped democratize financial markets. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "John C. Bogle, Founder of Vanguard Group, Dies at 89," 17 Jan. 2019 There are the studios—like Andersen's latest, a bilevel space on Houston Street soft-opening this week—aiming to democratize the body-toning practice with a suite of classes that elevate the heart rate or stretch out tight muscles. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "These 5 Pilates Studios Have Fierce—and Incredibly Fit—Followings for a Reason," 21 Sep. 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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democratize

verb

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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