verb (used with object), outgrew, outgrown, outgrowing.
to grow too large for: to outgrow one's clothes.
to leave behind or lose in the changes incident to development or the passage of time: She outgrew her fear of the dark.
to surpass in growing: watching one child outgrow another.
verb (used without object), outgrew, outgrown, outgrowing.
Archaic. to grow out; burst forth; protrude.

1585–95; out- + grow

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outgrow (ˌaʊtˈɡrəʊ)
vb , -grows, -growing, -grew, -grown
1.  to grow too large for (clothes, shoes, etc)
2.  to lose (a habit, idea, reputation, etc) in the course of development or time
3.  to grow larger or faster than

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Word Origin & History

1594, "to surpass in growth," from out + grow (q.v.). Meaning "to become too large or too mature for" is attested from 1665.
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Example sentences
There is no cure, though sometimes well-cared-for trees wall off the disease
  and outgrow it.
One sees stars outgrow it and become resistant rather than responsive,
  obstinate rather than available.
Finally, some dreamed, ordinary fans would outgrow their craving for star power.
It begins to outgrow its brothers on the outside, and finally dwarfs them.
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