overbuy

verb

over·​buy ˌō-vər-ˈbī How to pronounce overbuy (audio)
overbought ˌō-vər-ˈbȯt How to pronounce overbuy (audio) ; overbuying

transitive verb

: to buy in excess of needs or demand

intransitive verb

: to make purchases beyond one's needs or in excess of one's ability to pay

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Compounding the matter, some people continue to overbuy items for their household out of fear there will be a shortage, and that can raise prices. Max Ufberg, Fortune, 18 Dec. 2021 However, remember to not overbuy, so your neighbors can have some, too. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2020 However, remember to not overbuy, so your neighbors can have some, too. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2020 However, remember to not overbuy, so your neighbors can have some, too. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2020 However, remember to not overbuy, so your neighbors can have some, too. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2020 However, remember to not overbuy, so your neighbors can have some, too. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2020 However, remember to not overbuy, so your neighbors can have some, too. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, 11 Dec. 2020 Rather than risk a huge setback, wealthy countries would rather overbuy. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, 16 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1745, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of overbuy was in 1745

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Cite this Entry

“Overbuy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbuy. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

overbuy

verb

over·​buy ˌō-vər-ˈbī How to pronounce overbuy (audio)
overbought -ˈbȯt How to pronounce overbuy (audio) ; overbuying
: to buy more than is needed or can be afforded
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