Definition of oversubscribed in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōvərsəbˈskrībd/


1Applied for in greater quantities than are available or expected: those bonds were said to be twelve to fourteen times oversubscribed
More example sentences
  • The share sale was hugely oversubscribed and at one point the shares were 27% higher than the issue price of 850 rupees.
  • When Medco Energi Internasional of Indonesia put $150 million in bonds up for sale in May, the offer was eight times oversubscribed.
  • Because oversubscribed issues are subject to quantity rationing, uninformed investors may find that they are eventually allocated more overpriced issues.
1.1(Of a course, etc.) having more applications than available places.
Example sentences
  • The University, which claims to have ‘rigorous methods of distinguishing between very able candidates’, also quashed suggestions that they would introduce a lottery system for oversubscribed courses.
  • University boat clubs are oversubscribed and lots of schools are starting rowing which is great.
  • The awards will help universities and colleges differentiate between candidates for oversubscribed courses.

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Syllabification: o·ver·sub·scribed

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