[oh-ver-suh b-skrahyb]

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.

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