[ oh-ver-book ]

verb (used with object)
  1. 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.

verb (used without object)
  1. 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

1900–05; over- + book (v.)

Words Nearby overbook

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How to use overbook in a sentence

  • But sometimes delays are indeed attributable at least in part to airports and airlines that overbook flights.

    Airports From Hell | The Daily Beast | November 22, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for overbook


/ (ˈəʊvəˌbuːk) /

  1. (tr) to make more reservations than there are places, tickets, hotel rooms, etc, available

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