Definition of overstock in English:

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Pronunciation: /əʊvəˈstɒk/
[with object]
1Supply with more of something than is necessary or required: do not overstock the kitchen with food
More example sentences
  • The retailer saved millions in distribution and warehousing costs as improved sales and order forecasts reduced the need to overstock in-house supplies.
  • But it is not the interest of merchants and manufacturers… that the home market should be overstocked with their goods, an event which a bounty upon production might sometimes occasion.
  • Sapient advised that there was no need to overstock commodity items like office supplies that can be obtained easily anywhere.
1.1Put more animals in (an area) than it is capable of supporting: (as noun overstocking) overstocking in the UK uplands
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  • People can go into farming with insufficient capital, skip investment in dams and water conservation, and overstock their farms, safe in the knowledge that the government will bail them out when there is a drought.
  • The effect of the virus became especially acute in Britain when swine fever and restrictions on animal movement meant overstocking and overcrowding.
  • Pepper could not sell his animals and that led to overstocking on the farm.


Pronunciation: /ˈəʊvəstɒk/
[mass noun]
A supply or quantity in excess of demand or requirement: factory overstock [count noun]: publishers' overstocks and remainders
More example sentences
  • Far from speculating on a price rise when demand picks up in the future, our retailer will put his overstock on sale when demand is weak.
  • Some 78 brand name stores offer overstock, out-of-season and even slightly faulty items at bargain prices.
  • What it says there, in the ‘model’ contract between publisher and author, is that, one year after a book has appeared, the publisher shall have the right to dispose of copies as a remainder or overstock.

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