Definition of centralize in English:


Line breaks: cen¦tral|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈsɛntrəlʌɪz
(also centralise)


[with object] (often as adjective centralized)
1Concentrate (control of an activity or organization) under a single authority: a highly centralized country
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  • Under increasing demands from the environment, organizations tend to centralize control and, like individuals, filter information more heavily.
  • Second, the NAACP is a highly centralized organization, with a bloated executive board.
  • Marsh's grip tightened when it centralized control of broking activities in New York.
concentrate, bring under one roof, consolidate, amalgamate, condense, collect, cluster, compact, unify, incorporate, streamline, focus, rationalize
1.1Bring (activities) together in one place: the Treasury centralized all naval refitting work at Devonport
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  • ‘There is an argument for centralising the work of the Circuit Court but there is no valid reason why people should have to leave their area to do the work of the district court,’ said Deputy Ring.
  • As we said in our last generic article on the subject, a PC is really the best way of centralizing your home entertainment content in all its different forms.
  • She pushed the regional offices to consolidate from 13 to 4, and established shared processing centers to centralize certain tasks and make their cost structures more scalable with demand.



Pronunciation: /-ˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • Progressivism is less concerned than populism about centralization and concentration of power.
  • I'm not one of those who is assured by seeing greater concentration and centralization.
  • A process of centralization and concentration took place in all spheres of human society.

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