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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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 Well, theoretically, removing the central bank from the equation democratizes currency. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, "Libra, explained," 26 June 2019 Their intention is to democratize underwater exploration by making tools capable of exploring the deep available to anyone. National Geographic, "High School Technology and Innovation Workshop in the Silicon Valley," 12 June 2019 Most luxury brands create diffusion offerings after launching an upscale product, aiming to democratize their services after catering solely to the 1 percent. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Airbnb Just Launched Luxe—Making Castles, Villas, & More Available For Rent Worldwide," 27 June 2019 Massive open online courses have democratized access to education. CNN, "Silicon Valley is changing the world. It must do more to ensure everyone benefits," 25 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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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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