English Edit

Etymology Edit

From Middle English oversenden (to send over, transmit), from Old English ofersendan (to transmit), from Proto-Germanic *uber (over) + *sandijaną (to send), corresponding to over- +‎ send. Cognate with Middle Dutch oversenden (to send over), German übersenden (to send, transmit).

Verb Edit

oversend (third-person singular simple present oversends, present participle oversending, simple past and past participle oversent)

  1. To send an amount greater than what is required; to oversupply.
    • 1944, United States. Congress. House. Committee on Ways and Means, War Bond Government Newspaper Advertising:
      Yes; and unfortunately sometimes we overorder, and sometimes they oversend, and much of it is thrown away.
    • 2014, Joanie B. Connell, Flying Without a Helicopter:
      As much as parents oversend the message to their millennial children that they are special, there is no denying that the millennial generation is special in some ways.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To send (a message, etc.) to too many people.
    • 2010, Harriet Diamond, Linda Eve Diamond, Perfect Phrases for Writing Company Announcements:
      Don't oversend. That means don't send an e-mail announcement to everyone who may have once sent you an e-mail; it also means don't overburden those who are willingly on your e-mail list because they want relevant information. Oversending e-mails is the surest way to be ignored or find your way to the junk mail file.
  3. To send over, transmit.
    • 1815 July 21, Frederick Rapp, Letter to David Shields:
      DEAR SIR I do hereby oversend you my memorandum for fall goods and an other from Dr. C. Miller for Medicine.
    • 1891, The Baptist Missionary Magazine - Volumes 71-72, page 442:
      On the 9th and 10th of July were our churches gathered to the ninth anniversary in Jakobstad, and the meeting, which was represented by delegates from most all of our churches, resolved to oversend their affectionate gratitude to the Missionary Union for the support which this year has been sent, not only to brethren E. Jansson and M. Weststrom, but also to J. Liljistrand, A. Hedborg, and T.S. Osterman, thus enabling them to give all their time for the gospel work;
    • 1913, The English Reports: Common Pleas, page 1119:
      In order of Mr. J. Hoffmann, of Prague, I oversend you with this an exemplar of the 'épreuves corrigées' of Labitzky's waltz, Op. 86.
    • 1924, Annals of Medical History - Volume 6, page 385:
      [] which of my publications are already in your possession, or whether you read German or which way I could the best oversend them, in return of your liberality I hope for information.

Derived terms Edit

Noun Edit

oversend (plural oversends)

  1. A transmission that is larger than it should be.
    • 1977, Proceedings - Volume 5, page 4-60:
      Oversends will occur occasionally, since the flow control information is always slightly out of date and it is possible for the receiver to withdraw flow control credits.