over·​serve | \ ˌō-vər-ˈsərv How to pronounce overserve (audio) \
overserved; overserving; overserves

Definition of overserve

1 transitive : to provide (someone or something) with more of a product, service, etc., than is needed or appropriate : overservice He admitted older viewers were overserved by the BBC … .— John Plunkett
2 transitive + intransitive : to serve too much food or drink to someone especially : to serve too much alcohol to someone … state authorities cited Horseshoe Casino for overserving a patron who troopers said was drunk when he caused a fatal crash later that night. — Pat LaFleur Police say Griffin was arrested for his own safety rather than given misdemeanor citations. A friend of Griffin's said he had been overserved, according to multiple reports. ESPN.com "It's easy to take a horrific criminal act and associate it with an earlier crime," such as overserving alcohol, he [Jonathan Turley] said. — Deanna Paul … airlines in general benefit from serving free alcohol in part because it is a depressant that, in reasonable amounts, combines with cabin air to sedate passengers. … The trick, of course, is not to overserve, since too much booze can make people rowdy or disruptive. The Economist — see also overserved

First Known Use of overserve

1836, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overserve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overserve. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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