Definition of decentralize in English:


Line breaks: de|cen¦tral|ize
Pronunciation: /diːˈsɛntrəlʌɪz
(also decentralise)


[with object] (often as adjective decentralized)
1Transfer (authority) from central to local government: Canada has one of the most decentralized governments in the world
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  • In short-term regimes, the need to shift production goals rapidly makes decentralized authority difficult.
  • If there is no way for the man on the spot to make use of this sort of information, which would be available to a central planner, then there may be no advantage in decentralizing decision-making authority.
  • It will centralise rather than decentralise power.
1.1Move departments of (a large organization) away from a single administrative centre to other locations: new technology allows companies to decentralize large factories [no object]: he argues that giant corporations must decentralize
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  • To execute on so many fronts, he has decentralized the organization and delegated a lot of decision-making.
  • "Upward pressure for retail space in prime locations and decentralised shopping malls is particularly evident.
  • This was part of the bank's move to decentralise its operations.



noun& adjective
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  • Some may be traditional anarchists, some economic-political decentralists, some socialists, ecologists, democrats, liberals, conservatives, whatever.
  • The Canadian Greens, decentralists to a fault, would leave the issue mostly to the city to solve with funds from a fixed share of federal tax revenue.
  • I'd like to believe that there are principled people on the left with whom antiwar decentralists on the right might be able to collaborate.


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  • His management style as governor, one of delegation and decentralization, would be mirrored in his presidency.
  • The decentralization and delegation of budgets started to create a more realistic association between activity and cost.
  • However, issues like decentralisation and devolution are part of our work programme.

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