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

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 Maysles made Salesman and Grey Gardens, Leacock created a movement to democratize documentary filmmaking by teaching how to shoot in inexpensive Super 8, and then there was Penny. Bart Weiss, Dallas News, "Dallas critic remembers D.A. Pennebaker, creator of the Dylan myth, modern documentary and music video," 5 Aug. 2019 Olszewski had also noticed how Instagram and social media have democratized the insular, perhaps intimidating world of wine drinking. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Inside the calculated race to create the next drink of summer," 17 July 2019 Think Globally: Representing over 1.5 million copyrights for creators from 64 countries, Songtrust is a direct witness to how the internet has democratized and hugely expanded the songwriting world. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Jobs of Tomorrow: How Songtrust's Dewayne Ector Recovers Royalties for Artists," 27 June 2019 Nye hopes the Planetary Society's solar sail mission will put a little more science behind the technology, leading to additional technical developments by NASA or other international space agency because of its potential to democratize space travel. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "One legacy of Carl Sagan may take flight next week—a working solar sail," 20 June 2019 Income Share Agreements democratize access to opportunity by putting students first. Austen Allred, WIRED, "To End Student Debt, Tie Tuition to Post-Graduation Salaries," 31 July 2019 But companies such as Wolfram Research, which makes Mathematica, are trying to democratize the field, so scientists without AI skills can harness the technology for recognizing patterns in big data. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "No coding required: Companies make it easier than ever for scientists to use artificial intelligence," 31 July 2019 Legalization democratized marijuana sales and took away some of the mystique of THC strains like Guzman's Gelato, which has been name-checked by dozens of rappers, from Tyler the Creator to Jhene Aiko. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Cannabis 2.0: Artists Hoping to Cash In On High-End Vaping Gear, the Next Big Thing in Legal Weed," 19 July 2019 Slam poets, inheriting the declamatory style of African American feminist poet Ntozake Shange, democratized poetry from its literary journal stuffiness with beer, wine and laughter, as well as hip-hop bravado. Ed Morales, Washington Post, "A Harlem-bred poet evokes the Afro-Latin cultural crossover at the dawn of the hip-hop era," 27 June 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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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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