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[out-groh] /ˌaʊtˈgroʊ/
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.
Origin of outgrow
1585-95; out- + grow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • They grow so fast they outgrow their legs, and their legs can't support them.
  • But that is precisely what the bishops are being called upon to outgrow.
  • Combative nationalism, which has filled the world with turmoil for so many ages, will die as the nations outgrow it one by one.
  • There are certain artists one wishes one could outgrow.
  • But the users of the language at that point started to outgrow the owners as a result the language has always been evolving.
  • So it seems humanity is doomed to outgrow our resources then fight each other.
British Dictionary definitions for outgrow


verb (transitive) -grows, -growing, -grew, -grown
to grow too large for (clothes, shoes, etc)
to lose (a habit, idea, reputation, etc) in the course of development or time
to grow larger or faster than
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Word Origin and History for outgrow

1590s, "to surpass in growth," from out + grow (v.). Meaning "to become too large or too mature for" is attested from 1660s. Related: Outgrowing; outgrown.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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