American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To distribute the administrative functions or powers of (a central authority) among several local authorities.
- v. To bring about the redistribution of (an urban population and industry) to suburban areas.
- v. To cause to withdraw or disperse from a center of concentration: decentralize a university complex; decentralize a museum.
- v. To undergo redistribution or dispersal away from a central location or authority.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To distribute or take away from a center, or a central situation or authority; disperse, as what has been brought together, concentrated, or centralized.
- v. To cause something to change from being concentrated at one point to being distributed across a number of points.
- v. To reduce the authority of a governing body by distributing that authority among several bodies.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. to make less central; to prevent from centralizing; to cause to withdraw from the center or place of concentration; to divide and distribute (what has been united or concentrated); -- esp. said of authority, or the administration of public affairs.
- v. make less central
“Domscheit-Berg, a former spokesman for WikiLeaks who fell out with Assange, said the two websites and others soon to be launched could complement each other, helping to "decentralize" the whistleblowing process.”
“I could go on and on about the internal contradictions of this document (for example, how does Stan the Man plan to "decentralize" and "Improve Unity of Effort and Command?"), but the simple fact is that you don't have to go past pillars 1 and 2 to realize that this isn't a credible strategy.”
“Domscheit-Berg, a former spokesman for WikiLeaks who fell out with Assange, said the two websites and others soon to be launched could complement each other, helping to "decentralize”
“Did Berners-Lee, clearly a person of no little vision, foresee that, in just a few years, there would be a lot more to decentralize than telephone books and facility floor plans showing the visiting theoretical physicist the way from the coat room to the lab and, after a long morning among colliding protons, the optimal path to the closest WC?”
“This would decentralize data and, in effect, merge databases, and their users, into a single, virtual space.”
“One, the decision to decentralize power away from the Speaker to empower the committee chairs which reverses the trend of the last several speakers, that's a good and practical and professional move.”
“It can decentralize power while at the same time bringing people together around shared interests, creating what Robert Putnam called social capital.”
“Lets start by losing the factory model of schooling and decentralize and personalize the educational experience for students.”
“Another candidate hoping for a change in the residency requirement is Reverend Kennedy Sandy, who launched his campaign in December promising to decentralize power and fight corruption.”
“John Boehner promises to give the minority more power in the House, report Naftali Bendavid and Patrick O'Connor: On Wednesday the new speaker of the House of Representatives plans to offer a package of rule changes that, he says, will give minority-party members more of a say and decentralize power.”
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