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[oh-ver-kroud] /ˌoʊ vərˈkraʊd/
verb (used with or without object)
to crowd to an uncomfortable or undesirable excess.
Origin of overcrowd
First recorded in 1760-70; over- + crowd1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for overcrowd
Historical Examples
  • One of the secrets of success in society is not to overcrowd anything.

    The Smart Set

    Clyde Fitch
  • The result of this, therefore, was further excessive increases in rental rates, which greatly enhanced the tendency to overcrowd.

  • Aaron counted for less than nothing in a world he helped to overcrowd, and of which he perceived very little.

  • For however the Imperialists squandered their lives, they would yet overcrowd death.

    The Missourian

    Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
  • Rather than overcrowd his ships and to spare his supplies, he refused to take any of the latter.

    De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2) Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  • When so large a number of the larvæ hatch out as to overcrowd the hive, it is the function of the queen to lead forth a swarm.

    Animal Intelligence George J. Romanes
  • There will be some careful pruning done for the good of the human race, which, as it is, threatens to overcrowd the earth.

  • The effect of them was merely to call into existence a class of poor tenements in odd corners or to overcrowd the existing houses.

  • If the wedding is a small one great care should be taken lest the guests are so numerous as to overcrowd the church or home.

    Book of Etiquette Lillian Eichler
British Dictionary definitions for overcrowd


(transitive) to fill (a room, vehicle, city, etc) with more people or things than is desirable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for overcrowd

1766, from over- + crowd (v.). Related: Overcrowded; overcrowding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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