Date: 1903 transitive verb to issue reservations for (as an airplane flight) in excess of the space available intransitive verb to issue reservations in excess of the space available

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  • overbook — o‧ver‧book [ˌəʊvəˈbʊk ǁ ˌoʊvər ] verb [intransitive, transitive] TRAVEL to sell more tickets for a plane, hotel etc than there are places available: • The airline offers cash as compensation for passengers when flights are overbooked. overbooking …   Financial and business terms

  • overbook — (v.) to sell more tickets than there are seats, 1903, from OVER (Cf. over) + BOOK (Cf. book) (v.); originally in reference to theaters. Related: Overbooked; overbooking …   Etymology dictionary

  • overbook — ► VERB ▪ accept more reservations for (a flight or hotel) than there is room for …   English terms dictionary

  • overbook — [ō΄vər book′] vt., vi. to issue more reservations for (an airline flight, hotel, etc.) than there are accommodations …   English World dictionary

  • overbook — UK [ˌəʊvə(r)ˈbʊk] / US [ˌoʊvərˈbʊk] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms overbook : present tense I/you/we/they overbook he/she/it overbooks present participle overbooking past tense overbooked past participle overbooked to sell more tickets …   English dictionary

  • overbook — [[t]o͟ʊvə(r)b ʊk[/t]] overbooks, overbooking, overbooked VERB If an organization such as an airline or a theatre company overbooks, they sell more tickets than they have places for. Planes are crowded, airlines overbook, and departures are almost …   English dictionary

  • overbook — o•ver•book [[t]ˌoʊ vərˈbʊk[/t]] v. t. 1) cvb to accept reservations for in excess of the available space: to overbook a flight[/ex] 2) cvb to accept reservations in excess of the available space …   From formal English to slang

  • overbook — /oh veuhr book /, v.t. 1. to accept reservations for in excess of the number that can be accommodated: The airline routinely overbooks its flights so as to fill its planes even if there are last minute cancellations. v.i. 2. to accept… …   Universalium

  • overbook — verb To sell or guarantee more seats for for an event than actually exist …   Wiktionary

  • overbook — o|ver|book [ˌəuvəˈbuk US ˌouvər ] v [I and T] to sell more tickets for a theatre, plane etc than there are seats available ▪ overbooked hotels …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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