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Syllabification: de·moc·ra·tize
Pronunciation: /dəˈmäkrəˌtīz

Definition of democratize in English:


[with object]
1Introduce a democratic system or democratic principles to: public institutions need to be democratized
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  • This would be democratised by means of weighted voting: nations' votes would increase according to both the size of their populations and their positions on a global democracy index.
  • The union's leaders had angered many delegates by ruling out of order motions calling for the political fund to be democratised - allowing union members to decide how the fund should be spent.
  • So in the absence of a planned design, attempts to democratize the international system have been ad hoc, as citizen organizations and economic elites create their own mechanisms of influence.
1.1Make (something) accessible to everyone: mass production has not democratized fashion
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  • She said: ‘Free admission has democratised the nation's treasures, making them accessible to all.’
  • It was Conran, the legendary English visionary who democratized design by making it more accessible and affordable, who hooked me on to the power and appeal of great design.
  • Finally, they copied bohemia by democratizing literary culture in ways the hierarchical institutions like the university cannot so easily manage.


late 18th century: from French démocratiser.



Pronunciation: /-ˌmäkrətəˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • We have made changes toward democratization, such as in the freedom of expression, of speech and of assembly.
  • In the climate of reform and democratization they have had a much better chance to express their aspirations.
  • One way is to look at civil society as a concerted effort of all social forces to gain more access to democratization.

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