oversupply

[noun oh-ver-suh-plahy; verb oh-ver-suh-plahy]

noun, plural o·ver·sup·plies.

an excessive supply.

verb (used with object), o·ver·sup·plied, o·ver·sup·ply·ing.

to supply in excess.

Origin of oversupply

First recorded in 1825–35; over- + supply1
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Contemporary Examples of oversupply

  • Last week, I talked about the oversupply of lawyers, and other graduate students.

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    The Future of the MD

    Megan McArdle

    January 23, 2013

  • The oversupply of graduate students in the humanities is much, much worse than the oversupply of lawyers.

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    Too Many Students, Too Few Jobs

    Megan McArdle

    January 18, 2013

  • The oversupply of ethanol can be seen by looking at the parade of ethanol producers heading to bankruptcy court.

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    The Next Spill Victim: Your Car

    Robert Bryce

    May 9, 2010

  • In the end, there is a shortage of caution, an oversupply of food, and a mess that will take years to clean up.

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    Cloudy With a Chance of Mortgages

    Jonathan Wald

    October 3, 2009

  • That court decision has been a blessing and, perhaps, a curse—contributing to an oversupply of talent.

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    Kinkonomics

    Tracy Quan

    February 3, 2009

Historical Examples of oversupply


British Dictionary definitions for oversupply

oversupply

noun

the supply of too much or too many

verb (ˌəʊvəˈsəplaɪ) -plies, -plying or -plied

(tr) to supply too much (material, etc) or too many (goods, people, etc)
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