overcrowd

[ oh-ver-kroud ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈkraʊd /

verb (used with or without object)

to crowd to an uncomfortable or undesirable excess.

Nearby words

  1. overconsumption,
  2. overcook,
  3. overcorrection,
  4. overcritical,
  5. overcrop,
  6. overcrowded,
  7. overcrowding,
  8. overcurrent,
  9. overdate,
  10. overdelicate

Origin of overcrowd

First recorded in 1760–70; over- + crowd1

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British Dictionary definitions for overcrowding

overcrowding

/ (ˌəʊvəˈkraʊdɪŋ) /

noun

a state of being filled with more people or things than is desirable; congestion

overcrowd

/ (ˌəʊvəˈkraʊd) /

verb

(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 overcrowding

overcrowd

v.

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

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