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Definition of "overgrow" []

  • To grow over with herbage or foliage. (verb-transitive)
  • To grow beyond or too large for. (verb-transitive)
  • To grow beyond normal or usual size. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become grown over, as with unwanted vegetation or weeds. (verb-intransitive)

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 "overgrow" in a sentence
  • "After a century that produced Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama as examples for how to "overgrow" oppression, the best these people can do is blow themselves and innocent civilians up?"
  • "Nervous attempts to treat it with antibiotics are problematic for two reasons: first, because they often suppress benign bacteria in the gut, thus allowing this E. coli to overgrow and flourish; second because if the E. coli is actually killed by the antibiotic, it releases the toxin and leads to the very complications that doctors are trying to avoid."
  • "Following, is compiled some tell tale signs that your flash fiction or short story is attempting to flex its literary muscles and overgrow your files and time and demand to become a novel."