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Definition of "outgrow" []

  • To grow too large for: The child outgrew all his clothes. (verb-transitive)
  • To lose or discard in the course of maturation: She outgrew her youthful idealism. (verb-transitive)
  • To surpass in growth: Spring lambs were outgrowing the piglets. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "outgrow" in a sentence
  • "Some children can "outgrow" wheezing and coughing; they may not have asthma to begin with."
  • "He suggests only that in time, we will become so weary of our punitive politics that the system will, out of necessity, "outgrow" or "outlive" its current fractiousness."
  • "But most importantly, don't dismiss your symptoms or wait to "outgrow" whatever is bothering you."