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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to crowd to an uncomfortable or undesirable excess.
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Origin of overcrowd

First recorded in 1760–70; over- + crowd1
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Related Words for overcrowd

drench, inundate, besiege, saturate, overload, beset, wash, drown, engulf, submerge, overflow, sink, overcrowd, overburden, choke, load, wedge, shove, crowd, ram

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Historical Examples of overcrowd

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for overcrowd


  1. (tr) to fill (a room, vehicle, city, etc) with more people or things than is desirable
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Word Origin and History for overcrowd


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

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