Definition of oversupply in English:

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noun (plural oversupplies)

Pronunciation: /ˈōvərsəˌplī/
An excessive supply: an oversupply of teachers oversupply causes prices to fall
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  • But he also warned that there would be downward pressure on price because of an oversupply of milk production is riding high at around four per cent higher than last year.
  • A national audit in the mid-nineties showed an oversupply of teachers.
  • If the mutually-owned insurer's investment trust holdings flood on to the market, the oversupply could depress share prices in many funds and allow arbitrageurs to build aggressive stakes.


Pronunciation: /ˌōvərsəˈplī/
(oversupplies, oversupplying, oversupplied) [with object]
Supply with too much or too many: the country was oversupplied with lawyers
More example sentences
  • Hopefully, we'll have hundreds of civil servants setting up in due course when decentralisation comes on stream, so there's no danger of oversupplying the housing market.
  • The federation said that Indonesia's CPO stocks have reached between 400,000 and 500,000 tons, and the stocks will continue to increase because the market is already oversupplied.
  • The answer to that question, invariably, will be that the locals won't buy it because it's overpriced and the market is oversupplied.

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Syllabification: o·ver·sup·ply

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