Definition of centralization in US English:


(British centralisation)


  • 1The concentration of control of an activity or organization under a single authority.

    ‘the centralization of all financial power in the hands of its leaders’
    ‘increasing centralization of control over logistical planning’
    • ‘We are examining the extent of centralization in the tax systems of these countries.’
    • ‘The prospect of centralization generates political resistance from groups that stand to lose from the redistribution of financial resources.’
    • ‘Centralization is the systematic retention of control by executive management.’
    • ‘The drive toward centralization had transformed the legacy of the industrial revolution from that of world peace to one of a world at war.’
    • ‘The official decrees of the 1579 Grands Jours indicate the obstacles to centralization under the king.’
    • ‘One of the first casualties of the illiberal centralization of power characteristic of democracy has been the loss of local autonomy.’
    • ‘He distinguished their culture as opposing centralization and seeking anarchist revolution.’
    • ‘The best way to limit power is to limit centralization.’
    • ‘This sort of economic and political centralization is the really problematic legacy of colonialism.’
    • ‘It is true that many partisans of centralization resisted the protectionist logic of their position.’
    1. 1.1 The action or process of bringing activities together in one place.
      ‘greater centralization of food production’
      • ‘Site-selection criteria included shuttle flight schedule, facility utilization, and centralization of operations.’
      • ‘Centralization of all project information offers several advantages over traditional project management approaches.’
      • ‘Rural doctors are combining to defeat proposals that favor the centralization of specialist services in a few regional hospitals.’
      • ‘It's standardization of reports, back-office functions, centralization of purchasing, and things like that that are going to give us more mobility.’
      • ‘This is best accomplished by centralization of security monitoring functions, often using corporate-wide area networks for data transmission.’
      • ‘A new report that encourages the centralization of cancer services could mean the end of such treatments at Mayo General.’
      • ‘I raised my concern over centralization in the administration of intravenous chemotherapy.’
      • ‘This guides the collection and centralization of all data critical to facility operations and maintenance.’
      • ‘I don't know anything about the centralization of staff, but that is the prevailing trend at the moment.’
      • ‘The committee has proposed computerization of facilities as well as centralization of collection and distribution of drugs so as to ensure quality.’