WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
cen•tral•i•za•tion  (sen′trə lə zāshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act or fact of centralizing;
    fact of being centralized.
  2. Sociologythe concentration of administrative power in a central government, authority, etc.
  3. Sociology[Chiefly Sociol.]
    • a process whereby social groups and institutions become increasingly dependent on a central group or institution.
    • concentration of control or power in a few individuals.
  • centralize + -ation 1795–1805

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
cen•tral•ize /ˈsɛntrəˌlaɪz/USA pronunciation   v.,  -ized, -iz•ing. 
  1. to (cause to) come under one central control, esp. in government: [+ object]to centralize the power of the military.[no object; often: ~ + in + object]Power tends to centralize in the hands of those who use it.
cen•tral•i•za•tion /ˌsɛntrələˈzeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
cen•tral•ize  (sentrə līz′),USA pronunciation v.,  -ized, -iz•ing. 
  1. to draw to or gather about a center.
  2. to bring under one control, esp. in government:to centralize budgeting in one agency.

  1. to come together at or to form a center.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] central•ise′.  central•iz′er, n. 
  • central1 + -ize 1790–1800

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