[ verb oh-ver-stok; noun oh-ver-stok ]
/ verb ˌoʊ vərˈstɒk; noun ˈoʊ vərˌstɒk /

verb (used with object)

to stock to excess: We are overstocked on this item.


a stock that is larger than the actual need or demand.

Origin of overstock

First recorded in 1555–65; over- + stock
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/ (ˌəʊvəˈstɒk) /

verb (tr)

to hold or supply (a commodity) in excess of requirements
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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