Definition of democratize in English:


(also democratise)


  • 1 Introduce a democratic system or democratic principles to:

    ‘public institutions need to be democratized’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By democratising global institutions we can make them directly accountable and give them much needed legitimacy.’
    • ‘But most of all it requires opening up and democratizing the closed political process.’
    • ‘Before these countries can be truly democratized they need to develop systems that make sense within their particular cultural and historical contexts.’
    • ‘One motion agreed to democratise the union's political fund by giving the conference responsibility for determining where the fund should be spent.’
    • ‘I have also consistently supported democratising the union's political fund.’
    • ‘They were deeply linked to democratizing and egalitarian trends, such as labor politics and feminism.’
    • ‘It argues that this fund should be democratised so the union's members decide how the money is spent.’
    • ‘This is not to say that the regime democratized itself, but that it was an often unwitting contributor to processes that slipped out of its control.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I suggest we democratize our electoral process in electing a new party chairman by popular vote.’
    • ‘The State's Government must be democratised and federalised before it aspires for more powers from the Centre.’
    • ‘That has fed the debate over democratising the unions' political funds.’
    • ‘Both present principles that would democratize the policy-making process and offer concrete suggestions to realize these principles in practice.’
    • ‘The data set used in this analysis is advantageous in this regard because it consists of polities that all possessed a single regime type and have only been democratizing for a short time, providing less of a risk for reverse causality.’
    • ‘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. 1.1 Make (something) accessible to everyone:
      ‘mass production has not democratized fashion’
      • ‘In this way, then, I am making the most of what modern life does so well: democratizing knowledge.’
      • ‘One of the leading Internet-era technologists has raised the alarm that democratized technology may fall into the wrong hands, and down the road, robots may prevail.’
      • ‘It is a strategy that democratizes content production and distribution.’
      • ‘Eliminating the big-label overheads could cut the cost of making music, too, enlarging the pool of contenders and democratizing the process.’
      • ‘She said: ‘Free admission has democratised the nation's treasures, making them accessible to all.’’
      • ‘In most countries in the world, land is not being democratised and spread across the population.’
      • ‘The beauty of digital technology is that it democratises the film-making process.’
      • ‘Obviously democratising the family is an evolving process as the children grow in age, experience and, hopefully, wisdom.’
      • ‘What I love about blogs is the authenticity of voice, how they further democratize web publishing, and how they provide more relevant information through contextual links.’
      • ‘‘The birth of photography democratised portraiture, and we reflect that,’ he explains.’
      • ‘Part of that vision, shared by other blogging pioneers, has been to help democratize the creation and flow of news in a world where giant companies control so much of what most people see, hear and read.’
      • ‘Company drama could be credited with democratising classical music, which had been a privilege of the upper classes.’
      • ‘Finally, they copied bohemia by democratizing literary culture in ways the hierarchical institutions like the university cannot so easily manage.’
      • ‘So this microchip thing would basically completely democratize the creative process, and your art would be all about your creativity instead of your access to expensive technology.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps, contrary to the laments, we are now living through a particularly rich time in American poetry - an era of radically democratized poetry.’
      • ‘But democratizing the workplace is about more than just pay - it's also about sharing power and decision-making.’
      • ‘Indeed, I would argue that it has already happened to some degree, as student loans have democratized the college degree and worn off some of its cachet.’
      • ‘The Land-Grant College Act helped democratize higher education.’
      • ‘There is a line somewhere between democratizing journalism and every man a journalist.’


Late 18th century: from French démocratiser.