transitive + intransitive
: to stock too much or too many of (something) : to get or have excess inventory of (a good or goods)
- The big, reputable department stores frequently overstock designers' wares for Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Mother's Day.
- —John Heilemann
- discounting overstocked merchandise
- Don't overstock. Sure, you don't want to run out of product. … But tying up all your capital in inventory can turn your company into the Titanic.
- —Michelle Goodman
: to provide (something or someone) with too large a supply of something
- Supermarkets are already overstocking their shelves with traditional Thanksgiving food items.
- —Michelle Singletary
- Retailers try to walk a fine line between threatening their profits by overstocking their stores—as happened the last couple of years—and running out of popular gift items, which means lost sales.
- —Jenny Strasburg
- … many American cities are overstocked with … office and residential space.
- —Don McLeod
- … we agonized about overstocking the list with luxurious French restaurants, big-city restaurants, or those with famous chefs.