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[verb oh-ver-stok; noun oh-ver-stok]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to stock to excess: We are overstocked on this item.
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  1. a stock that is larger than the actual need or demand.
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Origin of overstock

First recorded in 1555–65; over- + stock
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Related Words for overstock

oversupply, surfeit, glut, fat, overflow, balance, remainder, overrun, excess, overage, overmuch, plethora, plus, residue, superabundance, superfluity, surplusage, overkill

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verb (tr)
  1. to hold or supply (a commodity) in excess of requirements
  2. to run more farm animals on (a piece of land) than it is capable of maintaining
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Word Origin and History for overstock


1640s, from over- + stock (v.). Related: Overstocked; overstocking. The noun is attested from 1710.

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