Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A supply in excess of what is appropriate or required.
  • transitive v. To supply in excess of what is appropriate or required: oversupplied the troops with blankets; oversupplied blankets to the troops.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To supply more than is needed

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An excessive supply; a supply in excess of demand.
  • transitive v. To supply in excess.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To supply in excess of demand.
  • n. A supply in excess of demand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being so overabundant that prices fall
  • v. supply with an excess of

Etymologies

From over- +‎ supply. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The oversupply is exacerbated by a reduction in household formation due to the recession.

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  • The tug-of-war between near-term oversupply of oil and expected stronger demand in the second half of the year pushed June crude oil to $3.02 a barrel below the July-delivery contract.

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  • Near-term oversupply worries in crude had traders selling the July contract and moving into forward contracts.

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  • Crude-oil futures settled lower, as a three-day rally was snapped on concerns over near-term oversupply and disappointing U.S. economic data.

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  • "We were overbought at $78 a barrel," given the near-term oversupply in the U.S., said

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  • Visitors entering the town are greeted by a sign proclaiming that "Aquí no sobran niños" (Here children are not in oversupply).

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  • The Kitimat project, however, is one of the first signs that some in the industry believe there is a long-term oversupply of gas in North America.

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  • A sustained global deflationary period would also provide a short-term oversupply of agricultural commodities.

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  • That was a short-term oversupply in the market issue.

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