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

Examples of oversubscribe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The company, which has since brought on board a third general partner, Effie Epstein, has now raised $240 million to invest in A.I. The round was oversubscribed, though Sound Ventures has not revealed by how much. Eleanor Pringle, Fortune, 3 May 2023 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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Cite this Entry

“Oversubscribe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversubscribe. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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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