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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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  • The next, Carlo, had outgrown his strength, and needed more substantial food.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7) John Addington Symonds
  • If only one had been smaller, he could have worn the outgrown things.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • They were wonderfully good friends, but Cynthia felt as if she had outgrown him.

    A Little Girl in Old Salem Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • It's a tragic business when people have outgrown their own conception of the divine.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • Her baby-clothes, when the last daughter had outgrown them, were given to a member of the Mission for his child.

    Catherine Booth Mildred Duff
British Dictionary definitions for outgrown


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 outgrown



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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