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overgrow

[oh-ver-groh, oh-ver-groh] /ˌoʊ vərˈgroʊ, ˈoʊ vərˌgroʊ/
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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English overgrowen. See over-, grow
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  • Without parrotfish there, these plants overgrow the corals and take up space on the reef.
  • Sometimes algae can harm other plants and animals, as occurs with red tides, or when algae overgrow a coral reef.
  • But since dewclaws don't come in direct contact with surfaces, the nail can quickly overgrow.
  • These well-armored echinoderms help maintain reefs by consuming fast-growing algae that can overgrow corals.
  • The nettles that methodically overgrow the abandoned homesteads of exiles.
British Dictionary definitions for overgrow

overgrow

/ˌəʊvəˈɡrəʊ/
verb -grows, -growing, -grew, -grown
1.
(transitive) to grow over or across (an area, path, lawn, etc)
2.
(transitive) to choke or supplant by a stronger growth
3.
(transitive) to grow too large for
4.
(intransitive) to grow beyond normal size
Derived Forms
overgrowth, noun
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