overgrew

overgrow

[oh-ver-groh, oh-ver-groh]
verb (used with object), overgrew, overgrown, overgrowing.
1.
to grow over; cover with a growth of something.
2.
to grow beyond, grow too large for, or outgrow.
3.
to outdo in growing; choke or supplant by a more exuberant growth.
verb (used without object), overgrew, overgrown, overgrowing.
4.
to grow to excess; grow too large: When the vegetable overgrows, it tends to be woody.
5.
to become grown over, as with weeds: An untended garden will quickly overgrow.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English overgrowen. See over-, grow

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overgrow (ˌəʊvəˈɡrəʊ)
 
vb , -grows, -growing, -grew, -grown
1.  (tr) to grow over or across (an area, path, lawn, etc)
2.  (tr) to choke or supplant by a stronger growth
3.  (tr) to grow too large for
4.  (intr) to grow beyond normal size
 
'overgrowth
 
n

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