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verb (used without object), o·ver·trad·ed, o·ver·trad·ing.
  1. to trade in excess of one's capital or the requirements of the market.
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Origin of overtrade

First recorded in 1615–25; over- + trade
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Examples from the Web for overtrade

Historical Examples

  • Is prompt and decisive with his customers, and does not overtrade his capital.

    Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million

    Sarah Josepha Hale

British Dictionary definitions for overtrade


  1. (intr) (of an enterprise) to trade in excess of capacity or working capital
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