- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for overgrown
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"Mr. Bellmer's an overgrown cherub with a monocle," I laughed.The Bacillus of Beauty
At times they lost the trail, as it was overgrown with fern and berry bush.Indian Legends of Vancouver Island
He looked like a huge, overgrown schoolboy with a corked moustache.It Happened in Egypt
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I saw it from my window; I saw also how the grass had overgrown the pavement of the street.
It was a moor at the time of the battle in 1485, overgrown with thistles and scutch-grass.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
- (tr) to grow over or across (an area, path, lawn, etc)
- (tr) to choke or supplant by a stronger growth
- (tr) to grow too large for
- (intr) to grow beyond normal size
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Word Origin and History for overgrown
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