out·​grow ˌau̇t-ˈgrō How to pronounce outgrow (audio)
outgrew ˌau̇t-ˈgrü How to pronounce outgrow (audio) ; outgrown ˌau̇t-ˈgrōn How to pronounce outgrow (audio) ; outgrowing

transitive verb

: to grow or increase faster than
mankind is outgrowing food suppliesR. C. Murphy
: to grow too large or too mature for
outgrew his best suit
the need to outgrow the habit of warNorman 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Repot the tree to the next size up when the roots outgrow the container. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 19 Feb. 2024 And although bands like Birthday Girl might someday outgrow them, too, there will always be a younger generation waiting in the wings. Sophia Solano, Washington Post, 14 Feb. 2024 But dealing with a bad job on a tax return isn't like trying to outgrow a bad haircut. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 23 Jan. 2024 First, check all plants that might have outgrown their home or become rootbound. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 10 Jan. 2024 According to a report from the New York Federal Reserve Bank, the real net worth of white individuals outgrew that of Black and Hispanic individuals by 30 percentage points and 9 percentage points respectively, from the first quarter of 2019 through the second quarter of 2023. Cora Lewis, Fortune, 10 Feb. 2024 Once the plant begins to outgrow the shell, crack the bottom and transplant the shell directly into a garden pot. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 31 Jan. 2024 With only five menu items, Cosmo Burger’s popularity has outgrown its tiny digs: another location recently opened in the Lenexa Public Market. Natalie Wallington, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 Eventually Austin outgrew the Ayrsley space and got a larger location on South Tryon Street in Steele Creek. Emiene Wright, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of outgrow was in 1597

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“Outgrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outgrow. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


out·​grow (ˈ)au̇t-ˈgrō How to pronounce outgrow (audio)
outgrew -ˈgrü How to pronounce outgrow (audio) ; outgrown -ˈgrōn How to pronounce outgrow (audio) ; outgrowing
: to grow faster than
: to grow too large or too mature for
outgrew their clothes
outgrow playing with dolls

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