over·​spe·​cial·​ize | \ ˌō-vər-ˈspe-shə-ˌlīz How to pronounce overspecialize (audio) \
overspecialized; overspecializing

Definition of overspecialize

: to specialize to an excessive degree: such as
a intransitive : to restrict oneself to an extremely narrow field or occupation scientists who overspecialize Don't overspecialize. Take advantage of every opportunity to add to your repertoire of skills and store of knowledge.— Andrew Benett
b transitive : to restrict (something) to an excessively narrow focus or scope overspecialized their students' education … is considering adding a la carte services … such as firewalls and gaming services, but doesn't plan to overspecialize its offerings too soon.— Ed Gubbins Unfortunately, the mobility and sophistication of modern criminals seems to be growing at an alarming rate. In response, some police agencies tend to overspecialize their criminal investigative units.— Daniel S. McDevitt

Other Words from overspecialize

overspecialization \ ˌō-​vər-​ˌspe-​sh(ə-​)lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce overspecialize (audio) \ noun
All cities tend to have their runs of bad economic times for many reasons, ranging from unavoidable hard luck to outright shortsightedness, folly and overspecialization. — Jane Jacobs

First Known Use of overspecialize

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Overspecialize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overspecialize. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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