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v. de·cen·tral·ized, de·cen·tral·iz·ing, de·cen·tral·iz·es
1. To distribute the administrative functions or powers of (a central authority) among several local authorities.
a. To bring about the redistribution of (an urban population and industry) to suburban areas.
b. To cause to withdraw or disperse from a center of concentration: decentralize a university complex; decentralize a museum.
To undergo redistribution or dispersal away from a central location or authority.
de·cen′tral·i·za′tion (-trə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
de·cen′tral·i·za′tion·ist adj. & n.
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) to reorganize (a government, industry, etc) into smaller more autonomous units
2. (Human Geography) to disperse (a concentration, as of industry or population)
deˈcentralist n, adj
deˌcentraliˈzation, deˌcentraliˈsation n
v. -ized, -iz•ing. v.t.
1. to distribute the administrative powers or functions of (a central authority) throughout regional divisions, etc.
2. to disperse (something) from an area of concentration.v.i.
3. to undergo or achieve decentralization.
Past participle: decentralized
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|Verb||1.||decentralize - make less central; "After the revolution, food distribution was decentralized"|
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
centralise, centralize, concentrate - make central; "The Russian government centralized the distribution of food"