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

Definition of overproduce

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

First Known Use of overproduce

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Overproduce.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overproduce. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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transitive verb
over·​pro·​duce | \ -prə-ˈd(y)üs, -prō- How to pronounce overproduce (audio) \
overproduced; overproducing

Medical Definition of overproduce

: to produce to excess mice genetically altered to overproduce beta-amyloid— Richard Saltus

Other Words from overproduce

overproduction \ -​ˈdək-​shən How to pronounce overproduction (audio) \ noun

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