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[oh-ver-groh, oh-ver-groh] /ˌoʊ vərˈgroʊ, ˈoʊ vərˌgroʊ/
verb (used with object), overgrew, overgrown, overgrowing.
to grow over; cover with a growth of something.
to grow beyond, grow too large for, or outgrow.
to outdo in growing; choke or supplant by a more exuberant growth.
verb (used without object), overgrew, overgrown, overgrowing.
to grow to excess; grow too large:
When the vegetable overgrows, it tends to be woody.
to become grown over, as with weeds:
An untended garden will quickly overgrow.
Origin of overgrow
1300-50; Middle English overgrowen. See over-, grow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • How to rejuvenate and transform overgrown, tangled shrubs.
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  • 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.
  • overgrown plants can quickly dominate a compact area.
  • Even the over-large mesclun had managed not to get bitter or leathery, as overgrown lettuce is prone to do.
  • We have overgrown out share of the environment, and are crowding out everything else.
  • Yet our college system, overgrown into mediocrity, continues to market itself as a good investment to all.
  • The little compound that surrounded it was overgrown.
  • What deafness, what stone-blind custom, what overgrown error you behold is there only by sufferance-by your sufferance.
British Dictionary definitions for overgrown


verb -grows, -growing, -grew, -grown
(transitive) to grow over or across (an area, path, lawn, etc)
(transitive) to choke or supplant by a stronger growth
(transitive) to grow too large for
(intransitive) to grow beyond normal size
Derived Forms
overgrowth, noun
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Word Origin and History for overgrown

late 14c., "covered with growth," past participle adjective from overgrow "overspread with foliage" (Old English ofergrowan); see over- + grown, and cf. Old English verb ofergrowan "to overgrow." Meaning "having grown too large" is attested from late 15c.

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