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[oh-ver-kroud] /ˌoʊ vərˈkraʊd/
verb (used with object), verb (used 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
  • Do not overcrowd t he points or values along the axes.
  • To minimize animal discomfort, do not overload or overcrowd animals in pens.
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  • Do not overcrowd or have too many feeders in your yard as this can facilitate the spread of disease.
  • Do not overcrowd the fish in the treatment containers.
  • Do not overcrowd the premises with excess residents.
  • Families will continue to overcrowd when the alternative is homelessness.
  • Let us take one environment evil, overcrowd ing, as an example.
  • Put as many dumplings as will comfortably fit in a large pan of gently boiling water, being careful not to overcrowd.
  • The lowered torso anchor would act as a disincentive to overcrowd the flex-seat.
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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