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

Definition of oversubscribe

transitive verb

: to subscribe for more of than is available

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Other Words from oversubscribe

oversubscription \ ˌō-​vər-​səb-​ˈskrip-​shən How to pronounce oversubscription (audio) \ noun

Examples of oversubscribe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pletcher, a three-time Belmont winner, originally thought the race could oversubscribe. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Injuries to rivals help elevate Tiz the Law in diminished Belmont Stakes," 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of oversubscribe

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oversubscribe was in 1891

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29 Jun 2020

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“Oversubscribe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversubscribe. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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