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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Example sentences
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.
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