oversupply

noun
over·​sup·​ply | \ ˈō-vər-sə-ˌplī How to pronounce oversupply (audio) \
plural oversupplies

Definition of oversupply

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

oversupply

verb
over·​sup·​ply | \ ˌō-vər-sə-ˈplī How to pronounce oversupply (audio) \
oversupplied; oversupplying

Definition of oversupply (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: 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

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Verb

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

Noun

1833, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of oversupply was in 1833

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“Oversupply.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oversupply. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for oversupply

oversupply

noun

English Language Learners Definition of oversupply

: an amount of something that is more than is needed or wanted

oversupply

noun
over·​sup·​ply | \ ˌō-vər-sə-ˈplī \
plural oversupplies

Kids Definition of oversupply

: a supply that is too large

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