Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To engage in trading to a degree that is in excess of one's finances or the demands of the market.
  • transitive v. To trade (stock, for example) in this manner.

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  • v. To trade beyond one's capital; to buy goods beyond the means of paying for or selling them; to overstock the market.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To trade beyond one's capital; to buy goods beyond the means of paying for or selling them; to overstock the market.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To purchase goods or lay in a stock beyond the means of payment, the needs of the community, or one's means of disposal to advantage.

Etymologies

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over- +‎ trade

Examples

  • • We will continue to show the greatest commitment to Fairtrade in the UK, remaining second to none in terms of availability and overtrade, and will now aim that if a primary commodity from the developing world can be Fairtrade, it will be Fairtrade by 2013

    The Co-operative's Ethical Operating Plan commitments

  • The cheaper and easier credit is, the greater the incentive to overtrade to cash in.

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  • Over the local institutions the Bank of the United States always exercised a salutary control, checking any disposition to overtrade by restraining their issues and holding them to a proper specie reserve; and this by no other interference except its countenance or ill favor, as such banks severally observed or disregarded the ordinary rules of financial prudence.

    Albert Gallatin American Statesmen Series, Vol. XIII

  • No; never a whit, as long as the South continued to overtrade to the North.

    The Institution of Slavery in the Southern States, Religiously and Morally Considered in Connection with Our Sectional Troubles, by Bryan Tyson, of North Carolina

  • While handing over trading authority may sound dangerous, because portfolio managers don't work on commission, they aren't tempted to overtrade to line their own pockets.

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  • In addition to helping traders who are afraid to "pull the trigger", automated trading can curb those who are apt to overtrade - buying and selling at every perceived opportunity.

  • Though we shall be neutrals, and as such shall derive considerable pecuniary advantages, yet I think we shall lose in happiness and morals by being launched again into the ocean of speculation, led to overtrade ourselves, tempted to become sea-robbers under French colors, and to quit the pursuits of agriculture, the surest road to affluence and best preservative of morals.

    The Writings of Thomas Jefferson Library Edition - Vol. 6 (of 20)

  • One of the benefits of this strategy is that you don't overtrade because daily price fluctuations aren't part of the picture.

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  • Well, especially when the markets are choppy, if you overtrade, you could lose all of your capital.

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  • You overtrade winners and become excessively attached to losing positions, hoping for a

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