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oversupply

noun over·sup·ply \ ˈō-vər-sə-ˌplī \

Definition of oversupply

oversupplies
: an excessive supply : an amount of something (such as a good) that is more than is needed or wanted
  • … if there is an oversupply of herring on a given day, the shrewd fishmonger will lower his price …
  • —Robert Kuttner
  • Although this means better and cheaper jug wines for consumers, the 122,000 acres of wine grapes coming into production over the next three years could well lead to oversupplies.
  • —Daniel Sogg
  • an oversupply of applicants for the available jobs
  • Information is in oversupply, and the audience wants someone who can help make sense of it.
  • —Joanne Ostrow

First Known Use of oversupply

1833

in the meaning defined above

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oversupply

verb over·sup·ply \ ˌō-vər-sə-ˈplī \

Definition of oversupply

oversupplied; oversupplying
: to supply (something, such as a commodity) in excess
  • The OPEC nations have been oversupplying crude oil for more than two years, seemingly in an attempt to drive their main competitors—US shale oil and gas producers—out of business.
  • —Jackson Stiles
: to provide (someone or something) with more than is needed or wanted
  • manufacturers oversupplying the market

oversupplied

adjective
    • … the inevitable result of spilling a million workers into an already oversupplied low-wage labor market …
    • —Jeff Faux

First Known Use of oversupply

1865

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OVERSUPPLY Defined for Kids

oversupply

noun over·sup·ply \ ˌō-vər-sə-ˈplī \

Definition of oversupply for Students

plural oversupplies
: a supply that is too large


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