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[oh-ver-kroud] /ˌoʊ vərˈkraʊd/
verb (used with or without object)
to crowd to an uncomfortable or undesirable excess.
Origin of overcrowd
1760-70; over- + crowd1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for overcrowd
Historical Examples
  • These high rents caused the Negroes to overcrowd in order to be able to pay the same.

  • One of the secrets of success in society is not to overcrowd anything.

    The Smart Set Clyde Fitch
  • There will be some careful pruning done for the good of the human race, which, as it is, threatens to overcrowd the earth.

  • The result of this, therefore, was further excessive increases in rental rates, which greatly enhanced the tendency to overcrowd.

  • The effect of them was merely to call into existence a class of poor tenements in odd corners or to overcrowd the existing houses.

  • For however the Imperialists squandered their lives, they would yet overcrowd death.

    The Missourian Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • Aaron counted for less than nothing in a world he helped to overcrowd, and of which he perceived very little.

  • Rather than overcrowd his ships and to spare his supplies, he refused to take any of the latter.

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2) Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  • If the wedding is a small one great care should be taken lest the guests are so numerous as to overcrowd the church or home.

    Book of Etiquette Lillian Eichler
  • When so large a number of the larvæ hatch out as to overcrowd the hive, it is the function of the queen to lead forth a swarm.

    Animal Intelligence George J. Romanes
British Dictionary definitions for overcrowd


(transitive) to fill (a room, vehicle, city, etc) with more people or things than is desirable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overcrowd

1766, from over- + crowd (v.). Related: Overcrowded; overcrowding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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