overstock o‧ver‧stock [ˌəʊvəˈstɒk ǁ ˌoʊvərˈstɑːk] verb [intransitive, transitive] COMMERCE
if a business or shop overstocks, or overstocks a part or product, it has more in stock than it needs for production or more than it is likely to sell:

• The shop overstocked in the period before Christmas.

— overstock [ˈəʊvəstɒk ǁ ˈoʊvərstɑːk] noun [countable, uncountable] :

• The company publishes garden and art books and resells other publishers' overstock.

— overstocking noun [uncountable] :

• The new order processing system cuts costs by avoiding overproduction and overstocking.

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overstock UK US /ˌəʊvəˈstɒk/ verb [I or T]
COMMERCE to have or buy more goods or supplies than are needed: »

The company is being forced to overstock in order to avoid empty shelves caused by distribution failures.

overstock (sth) with sth »

The shop is overstocked with shoes.

overstock UK US /ˈəʊvəstɒk/ noun [C or U]
COMMERCE goods or supplies which are more than you need: an overstock of sth »

We're trying to sell off our overstock of calendars.


Factory shops allow manufacturers and retailers to take control of their own overstocks.

Financial and business terms. 2012.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Overstock — O ver*stock , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Overstocked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Overstocking}.] To fill too full; to supply in excess; as, to overstock a market with goods, or a farm with cattle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Overstock — O ver*stock , n. Stock in excess. Tatler. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • overstock — (v.) 1640s, from OVER (Cf. over) + STOCK (Cf. stock) (v.). Related: Overstocked; overstocking. The noun is attested from 1710 …   Etymology dictionary

  • overstock — [ō΄vər stäk′; ] also, and for n.always, [ō′vər stäk΄] vt. to stock (a store, etc.) with more of (something) than can be readily used n. too large a stock …   English World dictionary

  • overstock — UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈstɒk] / US [ˌoʊvərˈstɑk] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms overstock : present tense I/you/we/they overstock he/she/it overstocks present participle overstocking past tense overstocked past participle overstocked to buy more… …   English dictionary

  • overstock — o|ver|stock [ˌəuvəˈstɔk US ˌouvərˈsta:k] v [I and T] to obtain more of something than is needed >overstock [ˈəuvəstɔk US ˈouvərsta:k] n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • overstock — o|ver|stock1 [ ,ouvər stak ] verb intransitive or transitive to buy more of something than you need or than you can sell overstock o|ver|stock 2 [ ,ouvər stak ] noun uncount an amount of a product that is more than you can sell …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • overstock — to stock in excess of the carrying capacity of a water body …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • overstock — v. /oh veuhr stok /; n. /oh veuhr stok /, v.t. 1. to stock to excess: We are overstocked on this item. n. 2. a stock that is larger than the actual need or demand. [1555 65; OVER + STOCK] * * * …   Universalium

  • overstock — 1. verb To stock to an excessive degree 2. noun An excessive stock; a surplus or glut …   Wiktionary

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