re·​cen·​tral·​ize (ˌ)rē-ˈsen-trə-ˌlīz How to pronounce recentralize (audio)
recentralized; recentralizing; recentralizes

transitive + intransitive

: to concentrate or become concentrated by returning power that had previously been delegated to regional and local authorities to a central authority
To try to ease the crisis, President Peña Nieto has proposed a series of measures that would recentralize power.Enrique Krauze
Every state-by-state fiasco (and there would be many) would bring calls to recentralizeRoss Douthat

Examples of recentralize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It’s always been quite clear that under Xi Jinping there has been a huge attempt to recentralize control over the local apparatuses, and the nature of the lockdowns shows this. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 30 Nov. 2022 And then Microsoft figured out how to recentralize around software. Dan Patterson, CBS News, 10 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recentralize was in 1893

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“Recentralize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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