Meaning of decentralize

de•cen•tral•ize

Pronunciation: (dē-sen'tru-līz"), [key]
— v., -ized, -iz•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to distribute the administrative powers or functions of (a central authority) over a less concentrated area: to decentralize the national government.
  2. to disperse (something) from an area of concentration: to decentralize the nation's industry.
—v.i.
  1. to undergo decentralization: The city government is looking for ways to decentralize.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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