[oh-ver-groh, oh-ver-groh]

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.

Nearby words

  1. overgild,
  2. overglaze,
  3. overgraze,
  4. overgrazed,
  5. overground,
  6. overgrown,
  7. overgrowth,
  8. overhand,
  9. overhand knot,
  10. overhang

Origin of overgrow

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

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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 Formsovergrowth, noun

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Word Origin and History for overgrown



late 14c., "covered with growth," past participle adjective from overgrow "overspread with foliage" (Old English ofergrowan); see over- + grown, and cf. Old English verb ofergrowan "to overgrow." Meaning "having grown too large" is attested from late 15c.

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