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

  • transitive v. To distribute the administrative functions or powers of (a central authority) among several local authorities.
  • transitive v. To bring about the redistribution of (an urban population and industry) to suburban areas.
  • transitive v. To cause to withdraw or disperse from a center of concentration: decentralize a university complex; decentralize a museum.
  • intransitive v. To undergo redistribution or dispersal away from a central location or authority.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive 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.

from The 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.

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

  • v. make less central


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