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[out-groh] /ˌaʊtˈgroʊ/
verb (used with object), outgrew, outgrown, outgrowing.
to grow too large for:
to outgrow one's clothes.
to leave behind or lose in the changes incident to development or the passage of time:
She outgrew her fear of the dark.
to surpass in growing:
watching one child outgrow another.
verb (used without object), outgrew, outgrown, outgrowing.
Archaic. to grow out; burst forth; protrude.
Origin of outgrow
First recorded in 1585-95; out- + grow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is one of the penalties of Protestantism that the audiences, after a while, outgrow the preacher.

    The American Mind Bliss Perry
  • With these selected Vulpinas, the graft does not outgrow the stock.

  • I suppose with that name she never had any incentive to outgrow her nature.

  • It is a common belief that children will outgrow cross-eyes.

  • All this is natural enough, we say, in a mere boy,—but he will outgrow it.

    By the Christmas Fire

    Samuel McChord Crothers
  • It may have come from the shock and there is time enough for her to outgrow it, with care.

    A Modern Cinderella Amanda M. Douglas
  • He outgrows them, and other boys grow into them, and then outgrow them as he did.

    A Boy's Town W. D. Howells
  • She's young to-day: through a lifetime she might outgrow you.

    The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for outgrow


verb (transitive) -grows, -growing, -grew, -grown
to grow too large for (clothes, shoes, etc)
to lose (a habit, idea, reputation, etc) in the course of development or time
to grow larger or faster than
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Word Origin and History for outgrow

1590s, "to surpass in growth," from out + grow (v.). Meaning "to become too large or too mature for" is attested from 1660s. Related: Outgrowing; outgrown.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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