over·build | \ˌō-vər-ˈbild \
overbuilt\ˌō-vər-ˈbilt \; overbuilding

Definition of overbuild 

transitive verb

: to build beyond the actual demand of

intransitive verb

: to build houses or commercial developments in excess of demand

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Longtime California residents have seen developers misbehave before, overbuilding luxury units and displacing residents in entire neighborhoods with waves of gentrification. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Big Tech Isn’t the Problem With Homelessness. It’s All of Us," 21 June 2018 So fears of overbuilding the downtown area may be premature, at least for now. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Are there enough people to fill downtown Detroit condos, apartments?," 14 May 2018 This deal comes amid industry consolidation as marine transportation works to recover from a down cycle caused by overbuilding barge equipment during the shale boom. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "Kirby Corp. to acquire 16 barges from Targa Resources Corp.," 3 May 2018 Effectively, the intermittent nature of renewables would require utilities to overbuild their generation – more than tripling PGE's current capacity – in order to reliably meet demand. Ted Sickinger, OregonLive.com, "PGE study: low-carbon grid is doable, affordable," 17 Feb. 2018 Developing nations will benefit from holding back on overbuilding old technologies and higher adoption rates for new devices, Visser said. Ben Bartenstein, Bloomberg.com, "Hedge Fund Veteran Says Emerging-Market Stocks Due for Breather," 26 Jan. 2018 Investors speculate, real estate developers overbuild, businesses and households borrow too much, save too little, and overextend themselves. Mark Zandi, Philly.com, "Feel-good economy: U.S. experiences euphoria | Mark Zandi," 26 Jan. 2018 The implication: That unlike in the last boom, developers resisted the urge to overbuild or couldn’t secure the necessary financing. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Want to live in downtown Miami? Now could be a time to move," 18 Oct. 2017 Zund America has agreed to overbuild its parking lot, which allows residents access to 100 spaces to be used for special events at Drexel Town Square as well as evenings or weekends when parking can be a concern. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Swiss manufacturer opening North American headquarters in Oak Creek near Drexel Town Square," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of overbuild

1945, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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