Definition of centralize in English:


(British centralise)


[with object]often as adjective centralized
  • 1Concentrate (control of an activity or organization) under a single authority.

    ‘a highly centralized country’
    • ‘The bureaucrats and political executive at the state level, have a vested interest to centralise powers and authority and their hostility to evolve a genuine system of democratic decentralisation is well known.’
    • ‘One commissioner said this weekend that the new constitution would centralise power with the European Council and the European Parliament and create ‘a commission of castrati’.’
    • ‘Marsh's grip tightened when it centralized control of broking activities in New York.’
    • ‘There are also concerns from chief constables that the new unit will lead to the Home Office wielding more centralised control.’
    • ‘The adroitness and patience of a long line of monarchs and royal ministers, who moved gradually but steadily to centralize both authority and power in their own hands, were crowned with unimaginable success.’
    • ‘Under increasing demands from the environment, organizations tend to centralize control and, like individuals, filter information more heavily.’
    • ‘They blow apart traditional social relations - relations that are often powerful barriers to democratic reform - by centralizing authority and power in a national government.’
    • ‘It is about the philosophy of the bill - of centralising the control of negotiations back to the State sector, reinforcing the power of monopolistic unions, and the control of the Minister at each and every stage over negotiations.’
    • ‘It seems to me these guys are in favor of more centralized control than any before them.’
    • ‘This is most blatant in France because of the highly centralised state and government control known as jacobinisme.’
    • ‘So to create a relationship of forces in its competition with the American bourgeoisie, the Canadian bourgeoisie must centralise its political authority and further unify its internal market.’
    • ‘English governments were keen to centralize the control of colonial matters, and charters were sometimes revoked in favour of direct rule.’
    • ‘Second, the NAACP is a highly centralized organization, with a bloated executive board.’
    • ‘On the other hand, it was one reason why Chadwick and other reformers wanted to have more centralized control.’
    • ‘The history of apartheid has been a struggle of the individual as opposed to centralized government power.’
    • ‘Better support can be given in most cases if the control is centralized.’
    • ‘In fact, while dismantling public and social services and gutting environmental regulations, the Tories have moved to centralize power in the hands of the provincial government and increase the repressive powers of the state.’
    • ‘In the modern state, authority is centralized in one legally supreme government, and people live under the standard laws of that government.’
    • ‘It was much easier to control a more unified and centralized religious organization.’
    • ‘There was a need for the Authority to centralize power in order to deliver effectively in the form of tangible results of the peace process.’
    concentrate, bring under one roof, consolidate, amalgamate, condense, collect, cluster, compact, unify, incorporate, streamline, focus, rationalize
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    1. 1.1 Bring (activities) together in one place.
      ‘the Treasury centralized all naval refitting work at Devonport’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Craven District Council has long been looking to centralise its functions on one site - 10 years ago it attempted to buy the old Raikeswood Hospital.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A single screen centralizes control of all operation and displays data in multiple formats, as shown in Figure 2.’
      • ‘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.’