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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Simple economic theory, which dictates that neither home prices nor incomes can outgrow the other for very long, tells us that isn't sustainable. Fortune, 20 June 2022 But that man of his time did outgrow many of [his] prejudices. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Apr. 2022 While the requirements for many companies won't outgrow features offered by closed-source vendors, those of the most successful ones certainly will, creating large opportunities for startups. Yec, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Up to 20% of people with peanut allergy outgrow the condition naturally, the ACAAI reported. Zachary Snowdon Smith, Forbes, 21 Jan. 2022 That quickly snowballed into 400 pounds, eventually forcing the Montaños to outgrow their garage and open a brick and mortar in Richmond in July 2020. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Apr. 2022 And in many ways, both those films have managed to sustain far longer shelf lives than the bloated sentiment ofTitanic (or at least, been a lot less easy to outgrow). Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 22 Mar. 2022 Eight games in two weeks is a tight window for the young guards to outgrow impatience, and Lonzo Ball remains unlikely to return before the end of the season. Julia Poe, chicagotribune.com, 28 Mar. 2022 As the program started to outgrow the ranch, a nearby property just around the corner on Olive Hill Road went on the market. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of outgrow

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Outgrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outgrow. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for outgrow


out·​grow | \ au̇t-ˈgrō How to pronounce outgrow (audio) \
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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