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.
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Recent Examples on the Web According to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, doctors believe Fields will outgrow the condition, as others in his family have. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields tells NFL teams he is managing epilepsy: Report," 21 Apr. 2021 If executives and producers are hoping that teenagers and young adults outgrow those behaviors and become more like their parents over time, the Deloitte researchers said that is not likely. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "What entertainment does Gen Z prefer? The answer isn’t good for Hollywood," 18 Apr. 2021 But Kim can never really outgrow some of the ventures that got her there. Katie Rothstein, Vulture, "In Artist Cory Arcangel’s Latest Show, Kim Kardashian Provides the Material," 12 Apr. 2021 Booster seats are the next step after children outgrow their forward-facing car seat. Bre Richey, chicagotribune.com, "Everything you need to know about car seat guidelines," 2 Apr. 2021 Though it was quickly rebuilt, the dispensary soon began to outgrow its capacity and the community started making plans for a modern hospital, Hom said. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Early Chinese Americans were blamed for diseases and denied health care. So they built their own hospital," 12 Apr. 2021 To ensure your child doesn’t outgrow the rear-facing weight and height dimensions, choose your car seat carefully. Bre Richey, chicagotribune.com, "The best car seat for a one-year-old," 1 Apr. 2021 Google announced on Wednesday new parental controls for YouTube to allow parents to offer an age-appropriate YouTube experience to children who outgrow the content in YouTube Kids. Chris Smith, BGR, "YouTube is giving parents a way to transition from YouTube Kids," 24 Feb. 2021 Hesitant about investing too much in an item your child will soon outgrow? Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "A kid-friendly campground in Carver, tips for solo women travelers, and some midweek deals," 18 Mar. 2021

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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 17 May. 2021.

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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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