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

Definition of overbuy

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

Examples of overbuy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grocery stores have seen shortages of toilet paper, eggs, flour and other items as people overbuy. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "Restaurants tout takeout as Dallas County urges people to avoid grocery stores for 3 days," 31 Mar. 2020 There is, however, a real need to resist the impulse to overbuy so there’s enough for everyone. Rachel Levin, SFChronicle.com, "Pandemiquette: A guide to manners in the age of coronavirus," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of overbuy

1745, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Overbuy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overbuy. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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