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