[ 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.

  1. 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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How to use overstock in a sentence

  • The absorbing issues before the convention were the Texas fever and the overstocking of the range.

  • In Derby and Nottingham apparent understocking becomes the exception and overstocking the rule.

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  • The overstocking of the labor market has become a menace to many trade-unions, especially those of the lesser skilled workers.

  • A failure may be experienced by sudden rash speculation overstocking the markets there, and raising the prices against ourselves.

  • This will not only head off the dry-farmers from overstocking what little range is left—it'll make a dead-line for sheep, too.

British Dictionary definitions for overstock


/ (ˌəʊvəˈstɒk) /

  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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