This question seeks an antonym for the noun form: Is there an antonym for “delegate”?
I seek an antonym for the act of delegating, where instead of passing work or authority to another to keep it for for yourself.
I would also accept single words for taking on work/authority from a subordinate, whether it had previously been explicitly delegated or not.

  • It's not always quite the same thing, but in many contexts micromanagement is effectively the opposite of delegation. The underlying motivation is the same in both cases (boss doesn't trust subordinates to do things properly). Dec 16, 2014 at 17:51
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    It's also not quite the same thing, but to arrogate authority is to unjustly seize it for yourself.
    – anomaly
    Dec 16, 2014 at 18:02

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To centralise: (from M-W)

  • to bring (something) under the control of one authority

To "retain" - verb - continue to have (something); keep possession of

Retain might work for authority or power. It doesn't work as well for work or tasks.

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