over·​sub·​scribe ˌō-vər-səb-ˈskrīb How to pronounce oversubscribe (audio)
oversubscribed; oversubscribing; oversubscribes

transitive verb

: to subscribe for more of than is available
oversubscription noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pletcher, a three-time Belmont winner, originally thought the race could oversubscribe. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 20 June 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oversubscribe was in 1891

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“Oversubscribe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversubscribe. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



over·​sub·​scribe -səb-ˈskrīb How to pronounce oversubscribe (audio)
: to subscribe for more of than is available
oversubscribe a stock issue
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