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

  • transitive v. To draw into or toward a center; consolidate.
  • transitive v. To bring under a single, central authority: The Constitution centralizes political power in the federal government.
  • intransitive v. To come together at a center; concentrate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move things physically towards the centre; to consolidate or concentrate
  • v. To move power to a single, central authority

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To draw or bring to a center point; to gather into or about a center; to bring into one system, or under one control.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To draw to a central point; bring to a center; render central; concentrate in some particular part as an actual or a conventional center: generally applied to the process of transferring local administration to the central government. Also spelled centralise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make central


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