from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To make into a bureaucracy or bring under bureaucratic control: "The failure of communication is built—or . . . bureaucratized—into the legal system” ( Anatole Broyard).

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  • v. To bring something under the control of a bureaucracy; to make bureaucratic.


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From bureaucrat(ic) +‎ -ize.


  • Shortly after Hayes' story was published, the Department of Defense issued a terse statement saying, in the kind of bureaucratize in which the DOD specializes, pay no attention to this.

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  • Before a new rule could be instituted, it had to be justified with a cost-benefit analysis, making it more challenging for bureaucrats to bureaucratize.

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  • Republican lawmakers say such measures would bureaucratize the nation's health system and stifle job creation.

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  • We have tried to bureaucratize charity, and failed miserably.

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  • Instead of revealing the hard facts of criminal trials, managers and officials within the criminal justice system are often inclined to rent-seek, collude, and bureaucratize.

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  • As government spending, even under Republican rule, grows faster than ever before; as new plans to further bureaucratize American health care arise; as the benefits of free trade and free movement of capital and labor are under continued assault -- Rand's consistent, passionate and even heroic defense of American freedom is sorely needed.

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  • He simply can't abide their efforts to modernize and bureaucratize the precincts of Hell.

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  • I think what the people who've been here for many years said was that they liked the fact that we were moving back toward a more informal summit process where we focused on one or two big issues, where we tried to get one or two things done, and we didn't overly bureaucratize it.

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  • Mr. Cadman was critical of a provision requiring protesters to develop traffic management plans, which he said would "bureaucratize the process for everyone who wants to express themselves freely on our streets."

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  • This seems rather abstruse-the basic rule for people-power movements is, Organize first, bureaucratize later - and it would be easy to dismiss these young people as hopelessly naive but for two factors. Top Stories


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