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Definition of "decentralize" [de•cen•tral•ize]

  • To distribute the administrative functions or powers of (a central authority) among several local authorities. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring about the redistribution of (an urban population and industry) to suburban areas. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to withdraw or disperse from a center of concentration: decentralize a university complex; decentralize a museum. (verb-transitive)
  • To undergo redistribution or dispersal away from a central location or authority. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "decentralize" in a sentence
  • "Domscheit-Berg, a former spokesman for WikiLeaks who fell out with Assange, said the two websites and others soon to be launched could complement each other, helping to "decentralize" the whistleblowing process."
  • "I could go on and on about the internal contradictions of this document (for example, how does Stan the Man plan to "decentralize" and "Improve Unity of Effort and Command?"), but the simple fact is that you don't have to go past pillars 1 and 2 to realize that this isn't a credible strategy."
  • "Domscheit-Berg, a former spokesman for WikiLeaks who fell out with Assange, said the two websites and others soon to be launched could complement each other, helping to "decentralize""