out·​grow | \ˌau̇t-ˈgrō \
outgrew\ ˌau̇t-​ˈgrü \; outgrown\ ˌau̇t-​ˈgrōn \; outgrowing

Definition of outgrow 

transitive verb

1 : to grow or increase faster than mankind is outgrowing food supplies— R. C. Murphy

2 : to grow too large or too mature for outgrew his best suit the need to outgrow the habit of war— Norman Cousins

Examples of outgrow in a Sentence

Kids outgrow their clothes so quickly. The plant has outgrown my garden. Our business is outgrowing its small office building. She's outgrown most of her toys. I realized that I had outgrown my old high school friends.
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Talk to your child's pediatrician In most cases, bed-wetting is temporary and your child will outgrow it without any treatment. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "7 ways to bed-wetting to rest for your child," 2 July 2018 In less than two years since its founding, Healing Meals has outgrown its kitchen for a second time. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 2 July 2018 But even that naming convention may outgrow itself. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "The One-Name Email, a Silicon Valley Status Symbol, Is Wreaking Havoc," 8 June 2018 STEPS Center eventually outgrew the Berea space and moved into a building in a Strongsville industrial park. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Parma center for autistic children, young adults to open second location in Broadview Heights," 17 Apr. 2018 Four years ago, cloud computing firm Box outgrew its space in Los Altos and went hunting for a larger office. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Once ‘Deadwood City,’ Redwood City becomes startup hub," 12 Mar. 2018 With some notable superstars declining their invitation, has the competition outgrown itself? Bryce Harper and Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Max Muncy will be competing in Monday's derby. Alec Romero, sacbee, "Only two sluggers have confirmed for next week's home run derby. What's going on?," 10 July 2018 Interior designer David Nastasi and his husband, Michael Stone, had outgrown their Brooklyn Heights apartment and had it with the commute to their East Hampton country house. Wendy Goodman, The Cut, "An Old-Fashioned Fixer-Upper," 21 June 2018 Another problem Powell frequently sees is when tortoises outgrow their space and their owners turn to places like Phillips Park for help. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville couple finds their lost pet tortoise, rescues another," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of outgrow

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outgrow

: to grow too large for (someone or something)

: to stop doing (something) because you are older and more mature

: to stop being interested in or involved with (something or someone) because you have changed as you have grown older


out·​grow | \au̇t-ˈgrō \
outgrew\ -​ˈgrü \; outgrown\ -​ˈgrōn \; outgrowing

Kids Definition of outgrow

1 : to grow too large or too old for I outgrew my clothes.

2 : to grow faster than One plant outgrew all the others.

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