overspecialize

verb, transitive + intransitive over·spe·cial·ize \ ˌō-vər-ˈspe-shə-ˌlīz \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of overspecialize

overspecialized; overspecializing
:to specialize to an excessive degree: such as
a I :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 T :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

play \ˌō-vər-ˌspe-sh(ə-)lə-ˈzā-shən\ 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


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