—v.t. 1. to distribute the administrative powers or functions of (a central authority) over a less concentrated area: to decentralize the national government. 2. to disperse (something) from an area of concentration: to decentralize the nation's industry.
—v.i. to undergo decentralization: The city government is looking for ways to decentralize.Also,esp. Brit.,de•cen'tral•ise".