decentralize de‧cen‧tral‧ize [ˌdiːˈsentrəlaɪz] also decentralise verb [intransitive, transitive]
if a large company, organization, or industry decentralizes or is decentralized, responsibility, services, or jobs are moved away from a central place to several different smaller places:

• There may be a need to decentralize and set up semi-autonomous subsidiaries.

• As a result, most companies attempted to decentralize parts of their IT operations.

— decentralization also decentralisation noun [uncountable] :

• the decentralization of local government services

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decentralize UK US (UK also decentralise) /diːˈsentrəlaɪz/ verb [I or T]
WORKPLACE, MANAGEMENT if a large company or organization decentralizes or is decentralized, its activities are moved from one large central place to several different, smaller places: »

HLL decentralized the production and distribution of the product in order to utilize the enormous labor pool in rural India.


As part of its plans to decentralize, the Japanese government has given greater tax-collecting authority to local governments.

decentralization (UK also decentralisation) /ˌdiːsentrəlɪˈzeɪʃən/ noun [U]

the decentralization of the bank's operations

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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