over·cap·i·tal·ize | \ˌō-vər-ˈka-pə-tə-ˌlīz, -ˈkap-tə-\
overcapitalized; overcapitalizing; overcapitalizes

Definition of overcapitalize 

transitive verb

1 : to put a nominal value on the capital of (a corporation) higher than actual cost or fair market value

2 : to capitalize beyond what the business or the profit-making prospects warrant

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overcapitalization \ˌō-vər-ˌka-pə-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌkap-tə- \ noun

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Yet now banks gripe that the Fed’s leverage limit is too stringent, and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein last year complained that banks are overcapitalized. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Fed’s Capital Mistake," 19 Apr. 2018 SoftBank CEO Aims to Be Biggest Tech Investor Son’s mega-fund will unleash an unprecedented amount of money into sectors already seen as overcapitalized. Peter Elstrom, Bloomberg.com, "SoftBank's Son Chases Boyhood Dreams With $100 Billion Fund," 21 May 2017

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First Known Use of overcapitalize

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of overcapitalize was in 1890

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to reject or criticize sharply

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