over·​cen·​tral·​ize | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsen-trə-ˌlīz How to pronounce overcentralize (audio) \
overcentralized; overcentralizing

Definition of overcentralize

transitive + intransitive

: to centralize (something, such as power or authority) to an excessive degree … any condition that tends to overcentralize political power is dangerous.— John Francis Cronin … a tendency of commanders to overcentralize authority and control, denying junior officers the opportunity to exercise independent command and judgment.— Donald A. Carter A third genre of complaints against the multinational corporation is that it overcentralizes management decisions in its head office.— Neil H. Jacoby … the current provincial trend to overcentralize public services, from the police and education to health care, in the name of short-term cost-cutting …— Anthony Winson and Belinda Leach

Other Words from overcentralize

overcentralization \ ˌō-​vər-​ˌsen-​trə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce overcentralize (audio) \ noun, plural overcentralizations
the overcentralization of the government
overcentralized adjective
an overcentralized system … the present overcentralized control of the police … — John F. M. McDermott

First Known Use of overcentralize

1918, in the meaning defined above

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“Overcentralize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcentralize. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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