over·​spe·​cial·​ize ˌō-vər-ˈspe-shə-ˌlīz How to pronounce overspecialize (audio)
overspecialized; overspecializing
: to specialize to an excessive degree: such as
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
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
overspecialization 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

Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overspecialize was in 1872

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“Overspecialize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overspecialize. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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