WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- the act or fact of centralizing;
fact of being centralized.
- Sociologythe concentration of administrative power in a central government, authority, etc.
- 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
- 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.
- to draw to or gather about a center.
- to bring under one control, esp. in government:to centralize budgeting in one agency.
- to come together at or to form a center.
- central1 + -ize 1790–1800