overgrow

[ oh-ver-groh, oh-ver-groh ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈgroʊ, ˈoʊ vərˌgroʊ /

verb (used with object), o·ver·grew, o·ver·grown, o·ver·grow·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), o·ver·grew, o·ver·grown, o·ver·grow·ing.

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

First recorded in 1300–50, overgrow is from the Middle English word overgrowen. See over-, grow
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British Dictionary definitions for overgrow

overgrow
/ (ˌəʊvəˈɡrəʊ) /

verb -grows, -growing, -grew or -grown

(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

Derived forms of overgrow

overgrowth, noun
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