over·​book ˌō-vər-ˈbu̇k How to pronounce overbook (audio)
overbooked; overbooking; overbooks

transitive verb

: to issue reservations for (something, such as an airplane flight) in excess of the space available

intransitive verb

: to issue reservations in excess of the space available

Examples of overbook in a Sentence

The flight was overbooked, and I got bumped off. The airline overbooked the flight. The doctor's office called and said that they overbooked the appointments for today.
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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of overbook was in 1903

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“Overbook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbook. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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