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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Word Origin & History

overgrown
c.1300, "overspread with foliage," from over + pp. of grow. Meaning "having grown too large" is attested from 1490.
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Example sentences
How to rejuvenate and transform overgrown, tangled shrubs.
When they become overgrown and stop blooming well, it's time to dig up clumping
  perennials and cut them apart.
To maximize the view, he cleared out overgrown trees and shrubs.
Rejuvenate old, overgrown plants by cutting a few of the oldest stems to the
  ground each year.
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