over·​pro·​duce ˌō-vər-prə-ˈdüs How to pronounce overproduce (audio)
overproduced; overproducing

transitive + intransitive

: to produce an excessive amount (of something)
The drug prevents pimples by shrinking the glands attached to hair follicles that, in acne sufferers, overproduce an oily substance known as sebum, which can clog pores.Mary Duenwald
… if soils are too fertile, the vines can overproduce, leading to vegetal aromas and flavors.Michael Schachner
GM also undermined the resale value of its models by overproducing them and giving them away at fire-sale prices.Keith Naughton et al.
… encourages farmers to overproduce, which further drives prices down …Newsweek

Examples of overproduce in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And the argument here is the Biden administration says that China is essentially overproducing a number of goods, among those steel. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2024 Either barebones and shot on the fly or overproduced with way too many digital edits. Alphonse Pierre, Pitchfork, 22 Mar. 2024 Her body began overproducing skin cells that caused her nails to pit – a condition that occurs when the surrounding skin thickens and lifts fingernails and toenails out of the nail beds. Essence, 9 Jan. 2024 Cancer cells overproduce certain kinds of proteins and amino acids fluoresce in the UV spectrum when irradiated. IEEE Spectrum, 24 Nov. 2023 What’s more, the dryness triggers your sebaceous glands to overproduce oil, which may prompt a vicious cycle of washing your hair more to get rid of the greasiness. Popular Science, 13 Sep. 2023 Too much nitrogen can cause the plant to overproduce greenery at the expense of flowers. oregonlive, 5 Aug. 2023 This information sharing upstream allows sellers to better anticipate trends, plan production, and avoid overproducing unwanted items. Hilary Tetenbaum, USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2023 Hyperthyroidism medications can clear up symptoms within a few weeks by keeping your thyroid from overproducing hormones. Women's Health, 23 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overproduce was in 1849

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“Overproduce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overproduce. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
over·​pro·​duce -prə-ˈd(y)üs, -prō- How to pronounce overproduce (audio)
overproduced; overproducing
: to produce to excess
mice genetically altered to overproduce beta-amyloidRichard Saltus
overproduction noun

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