Definition of oversell in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈsel/

verb (past and past participle oversold /-ˈsōld/)

[with object]
1Sell more of (something) than exists or can be delivered: a surge in airlines overselling flights
More example sentences
  • More often than not, the airline has oversold the flight, meaning you don't even have a seat.
  • The only way to get there in time was to fly out of Montreal on an evening flight, but it was oversold.
  • Yet Lai and Conita Hung, head of research at Mansion House Securities Ltd., considered Hong Kong stocks were oversold to some extent.
1.1Exaggerate the merits of: computer-aided software engineering has been oversold
More example sentences
  • Time after time, when they could have oversold the joke, they showed restraint… which, again, is saying something considering how tough some of the gags are.
  • We tend to be foisting the blame on the individual here, when I think in your article you said medicine's got to take some of the blame here because we've oversold the benefits of medicine.
  • While the Xinxiang choir artificially oversold the Aboriginal aspect of some of its songs and there were one or two sour notes, the children's choir really was moving.

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Syllabification: o·ver·sell

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