out·​grow | \ ˌau̇t-ˈgrō How to pronounce outgrow (audio) \
outgrew\ ˌau̇t-​ˈgrü How to pronounce outgrew (audio) \; outgrown\ ˌau̇t-​ˈgrōn How to pronounce outgrown (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.
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Recent Examples on the Web This solid wood cornhole set has over 700 glowing reviews on Amazon, an impressive 4.5 star rating, and is one game your kids won't outgrow. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "10 Outdoor Activities for Kids That Will Make Them Forget They’re Stuck at Home," 9 June 2020 The restaurant outgrew its former location on DeBarr Road, said co-owner Debe Stevens. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Open & Shut: 2-for-1 house plant shop and produce store launches, Uncle Leroy’s adds second location," 9 Feb. 2020 When Pink Diamond outgrew her, Spinel was left alone for thousands of years with only her thoughts, thereby becoming more and more insane. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Steven Universe showrunner reclaims the past with her 'absurd,' 'ridiculous' movie villain," 3 Sep. 2019 One of the worst parts of getting older is outgrowing scary movies. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "I Showed My 7-Year-Old ‘Jaws’ and I Regret Nothing," 17 Apr. 2020 Its clients range from middle-class families whose children have outgrown their rides to low-income and homeless people who in some cases need bicycles as basic transportation. al, "Delta Bike Project adapts to keep patrons rolling," 27 Mar. 2020 At long last, America had rapidly outgrown the horrific legacies of white supremacy and the faintly embarrassing politics of Black protest. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "Seeing No Evil," 25 Mar. 2020 And the company had outgrown its headquarters on Lakeside Boulevard. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Hundreds of Metro by T-Mobile workers moving to new Frisco headquarters," 18 Mar. 2020 Hamilton had outgrown the tight end role, according to Wilson, and was better suited elsewhere. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Why Ohio State football’s Kevin Wilson agreed to trade Cormontae Hamilton for Cade Stover," 4 Mar. 2020

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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 13 Jul. 2020.

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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 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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