- to crowd to an uncomfortable or undesirable excess.
Origin of overcrowd
- filled to excess; packed.
- filled with a crowd: crowded streets.
- uncomfortably close together: crowded passengers on a bus.
Origin of crowded
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Examples from the Web for overcrowded
Ippoliti says that the centers should close because many are overcrowded and unsafe.In Rome’s Riots, Cries for Mussolini and Attacks on Refugees
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November 14, 2014
Overcrowded and strapped for workers, there was not a single medical facility that could take her.Health Care Worker Pleads With UN: Help Ebola Victims Dying ‘Horrible, Undignified Death’
September 18, 2014
The overcrowded school where the family had sought refuge was a scene of despair and squalor.Under American Bombs in Gaza
August 4, 2014
None has ever left the narrow and overcrowded 40-kilometer strip of land called Gaza.Israel Is Minting the Next Generation of Hate
July 30, 2014
Her voice trailed off and she looked out on to the road, overcrowded with traffic and dirty.The Price of ‘Free’: Models Moonlighting as Escorts
March 15, 2014
As the conductor had said, the cars were overcrowded, and they had to stand up in the aisle.Dave Porter in the Gold Fields
There are, of course, horrible accidents, for the boats are overcrowded.Trapped in 'Black Russia'
This school today, as it was then, is overcrowded and in need of better facilities.
He went down stream the next morning, the Zaire overcrowded with Houssas.Bones
They were overcrowded with business at their own prices, and disposed to be very dictatorial.Lives of the Engineers
- (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 overcrowded
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