overcapacity

noun
over·​ca·​pac·​i·​ty | \ ˌō-vər-kə-ˈpa-sə-tē How to pronounce overcapacity (audio) , -ˈpa-stē \

Definition of overcapacity

: excessive capacity for production or services in relation to demand

Examples of overcapacity in a Sentence

The airlines are lowering their prices because of an overcapacity of seats.
Recent Examples on the Web According to The Economist Intelligence Unit, while China may liberalize rules around new NEV investment, the investments may in effect be limited by overcapacity in certain provinces. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "Was the investment deal Europe signed with China worth it?," 15 Jan. 2021 Intensive care units remain nearly full in Utah after a rough weekend that had them overcapacity. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah coronavirus cases rise 1,968 as hospital ICUs are slammed," 14 Dec. 2020 On Thursday afternoon, hospitals in Georgia’s Region A, which includes Whitfield, reported intensive care beds were overcapacity. Jeremy Redmon, ajc, "Trump rally divides N. Georgia community hit hard by COVID-19," 1 Jan. 2021 Steel producers in Europe more broadly are under pressure to consolidate amid global overcapacity. William Wilkes, Bloomberg.com, "Liberty, Thyssen Steel Talks Set to Advance to Due Diligence," 25 Nov. 2020 Banks across Europe are reeling from intense competition and the fallout from negative interest rates, but few have succeeded in executing mergers to reduce overcapacity and increase profits. Charlie Devereux, Bloomberg.com, "Caixa, Bankia Form Spain’s Biggest Bank in $4.5 Billion Deal," 17 Sep. 2020 The city’s hospitals reached a record number of COVID-19 patients Monday as intensive care units hit overcapacity, officials said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "NYC lessons, Harding centennial, canceled parades: News from around our 50 states," 4 Nov. 2020 Banks across Europe are reeling from intense competition and the fallout from negative interest rates, but few have succeeded in executing mergers to reduce overcapacity and increase profits. Charlie Devereux, Bloomberg.com, "Caixa, Bankia Form Spain’s Biggest Bank in $4.5 Billion Deal," 17 Sep. 2020 Though overcapacity has weighed on petrochemical margins, the pandemic drove demand for products such as gloves, masks, gowns and cleaning wipes, all made from plastic. Collin Eaton And Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Firms Like Dow Bet Billions on Plastics. Now There’s a Glut.," 15 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of overcapacity

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Overcapacity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcapacity. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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overcapacity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of overcapacity

technical : a situation in which an industry, company, etc., has or produces more of something than it is able to sell or use

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