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

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
overcentralization noun
plural overcentralizations
the overcentralization of the government
overcentralized adjective
an overcentralized system
… the present overcentralized control of the police … John F. M. McDermott

Examples of overcentralize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Similarly, some leaders choose to overcentralize or even over-decentralize activities in more complex organizations, all with the same effect of slowing down data value realization. Phil Le-Brun, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overcentralize was in 1918

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“Overcentralize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcentralize. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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