verb \ˌō-vər-ˈsel\

: to accept payment or reservations for more rooms, seats, tickets, etc., than you have available

: to praise (something or someone) too much


Full Definition of OVERSELL

transitive verb
a :  to sell too much or too many to
b :  to sell too much or too many of
:  to make excessive claims for
over·sell \ˈō-vər-ˌsel\ noun

Examples of OVERSELL

  1. Hotels routinely oversell their rooms, expecting a small percentage of no-shows.
  2. Don't oversell yourself in the job interview.
  3. The salesman oversold the features on the new model.

First Known Use of OVERSELL

circa 1879


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