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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Convene, which also manages amenities in some buildings and recently began offering flexible office spaces for companies that have outgrown co-working facilities, plans to continue expanding in Chicago, Simonetti said. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "Citadel Center to get two-level event space," 25 June 2018 Thankfully, there are many services out there that allow parents to sell the items their kids outgrow. Trae Bodge, Woman's Day, "The 8 Best Ways to Save Money for Your Child's Future," 14 Apr. 2018 Looking through his garage, Simsbury High School junior Bronson Starsiak realized how the sports equipment he's outgrown or doesn't need anymore could be put to better use. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Teen Makes First Donation To Hartford Public Schools," 10 Apr. 2018 More space needed Connoils CEO Stacy Peterson — a Big Bend native — said the company has simply outgrown its current building and is looking for more space. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Connoils, manufacturer of hemp and other oils, to move from the town of Waukesha to Big Bend," 13 July 2018 Chef-owner Dino Ferraro says the restaurant has outgrown its space at 18344 Beach and will move in a few weeks to a new 2,700-square-foot location at 7041 Yorktown Ave. Daily Pilot Staff, latimes.com, "Biz News: Balboa Island’s Art for the Soul to close in August as owner retires," 29 June 2018 Tony Burke, the school's marketing manager, said St. Martin and its 380 students have outgrown the old site. Patrick O'donnell, cleveland.com, "New St. Martin de Porres High School opens on Cleveland's East Side (photos)," 27 Apr. 2018 Chargé d’Affaires Carl Raymond, left, says the embassy has outgrown its space and is currently looking for new offices. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Haitians are flocking to Chile. But a song warns them that they won’t find ‘paradise’ | Miami Herald," 1 Mar. 2018 Within a few years, the event had outgrown Baker Beach and moved to the desert. John Rogers, BostonGlobe.com, "Larry Harvey, 70, influential Burning Man festival cofounder," 28 Apr. 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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