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

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 1 Dec. 2022.

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-amyloid Richard Saltus
overproduction noun

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