democratize

To democratize is to make an organization more democratic, supporting a system in which all citizens have a voice or a vote. When you democratize your school French club, you allow every member to vote on each decision.

You'll most often see the verb democratize in the context of world politics, when countries that have historically not been democracies change their governments to be more democratic. In many cases, other countries, such as the US, try to influence such governments to make this change: they democratize them, in other words. The word democratize comes from the Greek root demokratia, "popular government," from demos, "common people," and kratos, "rule."

Definitions of democratize
  1. verb
    become (more) democratic; of nations
    synonyms: democratise
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    type of:
    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  2. verb
    introduce democratic reforms; of nations
    synonyms: democratise
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    make something accessible, available, or appealing to everyone
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    type of:
    afford, give, open
    afford access to
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