Pronunciation: (sen"tru-lu-zā'shun),[key] —n. 1. the act or fact of centralizing; fact of being centralized.
2. the concentration of administrative power in a central government, authority, etc.
3. Chiefly Sociol. a. a process whereby social groups and institutions become increasingly dependent on a central group or institution.
b. concentration of control or power in a few individuals.