over·​sat·​u·​rate | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsa-chə-ˌrāt How to pronounce oversaturate (audio) \
oversaturated; oversaturating

Definition of oversaturate

transitive verb

: to saturate to an excessive degree … since the company went public, it's been opening so many stores that it's at risk of oversaturating its own market …— Angela Mulholland … the Pfieffer Canyon Bridge … slipped several feet in February when storms oversaturated the underlying soil.— Kurtis Alexander … settings that don't oversaturate colors or look too dim.— Dieter Bohn also : supersaturate oversaturated the water with salt

Other Words from oversaturate

oversaturated adjective
… delivers impressive image quality. Colors are bright and realistic without being oversaturated. — Luisa Simone Perhaps you remember a chemistry experiment from high school: You dissolve a salt in hot water, let the solution cool down, put a small crystal in the now oversaturated solution—then all of a sudden crystals form. — Bert J. M. de Vries
oversaturation \ ˌō-​vər-​ˌsa-​chə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce oversaturation (audio) \ adjective
oversaturation of the market with too many action films … colors usually struck a nice balance between accurate and pleasant oversaturation. — Mitt Jones

First Known Use of oversaturate

1745, in the meaning defined above

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“Oversaturate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversaturate. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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