v. cen·tral·ized, cen·tral·iz·ing, cen·tral·iz·es
1. To draw into or toward a center; consolidate.
2. To bring under a single, central authority: The Constitution centralizes political power in the federal government.
To come together at a center; concentrate.
cen′tral·i·zation (-trə-lĭ-zāshən) n.
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