over·​sell | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsel How to pronounce oversell (audio) \
oversold\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈsōld How to pronounce oversell (audio) \; overselling

Definition of oversell

transitive verb

1a : to sell too much or too many to
b : to sell too much or too many of
2 : to make excessive claims for

Other Words from oversell

oversell \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌsel How to pronounce oversell (audio) \ noun

Examples of oversell in a Sentence

Hotels routinely oversell their rooms, expecting a small percentage of no-shows. Don't oversell yourself in the job interview. The salesman oversold the features on the new model.
Recent Examples on the Web The trouble comes when scientists, and journal editors, oversell these findings, said Eric Turkheimer, a psychologist at the University of Virginia. Megan Molteni, STAT, 24 May 2022 Still, Sturgis Rally seemed to oversell its own adventurousness. New York Times, 27 Oct. 2021 Some of the researchers were sometimes prone to oversell themselves—or in a sense to exploit the exploiters. Joseph Bernstein, Harper's Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 Ilario is broken up about Walden’s death, but Damon doesn’t oversell the waterworks. Tim Grierson, Vulture, 30 July 2021 The resurgence of the meme stocks could be attributed to a drop in the price of bitcoin, which may have prompted investors to oversell AMC and GameStop. Naeem Aslam, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The seller has substantial informational superiority, coupled with an incentive to oversell to naive consumers—a toxic combination. James Breiding, Scientific American, 16 June 2021 Anderson, though of the left, was not keen to oversell the role of Communism in the independence movements of Southeast Asia. Thomas Meaney, The New Yorker, 10 May 2021 Not to oversell it — especially since Wiz Khalifa phones it in a bit — but the interpolation here of an adult contemporary staple is unexpected brilliance. Alex Suskind, EW.com, 20 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of oversell

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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29 May 2022

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“Oversell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversell. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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