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overcrowd

[oh-ver-kroud]
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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 overcrowding

overabundance, torrent, deluge, bottleneck, overpopulation, drench, inundate, besiege, saturate, overload, beset, wash, drown, engulf, submerge, overflow, sink, overcrowd, overburden, choke

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British Dictionary definitions for overcrowding

overcrowding

noun
  1. a state of being filled with more people or things than is desirable; congestion
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overcrowd

verb
  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 overcrowding

overcrowd

v.

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

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