- to accept reservations for in excess of the number that can be accommodated: The airline routinely overbooks its flights so as to fill its planes even if there are last-minute cancellations.
- to accept reservations in excess of the number that can be accommodated: If the hotel has overbooked, some of the conventioners won't have a place to stay.
Origin of overbook
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Examples from the Web for overbook
But sometimes delays are indeed attributable at least in part to airports and airlines that overbook flights.Airports From Hell
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November 22, 2009
- (tr) to make more reservations than there are places, tickets, hotel rooms, etc, available
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Word Origin and History for overbook
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