oversubscribe

[ oh-ver-suh b-skrahyb ]
/ ˌoʊ vər səbˈskraɪb /

verb (used with object), o·ver·sub·scribed, o·ver·sub·scrib·ing.

to subscribe for more of than is available, expected, or required: The charity drive was oversubscribed by several thousand dollars.

Nearby words

  1. overstructured,
  2. overstrung,
  3. overstudy,
  4. overstuff,
  5. overstuffed,
  6. oversubscribed,
  7. oversupply,
  8. overswing,
  9. overt,
  10. overtake

Origin of oversubscribe

First recorded in 1890–95; over- + subscribe

Related formso·ver·sub·scrib·er, nouno·ver·sub·scrip·tion [oh-ver-suh b-skrip-shuh n] /ˌoʊ vər səbˈskrɪp ʃən/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for oversubscribe

oversubscribe

/ (ˌəʊvəsəbˈskraɪb) /

verb

(tr; often passive) to subscribe or apply for in excess of available supply
Derived Formsoversubscription, noun

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