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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Your child outgrows the curriculum or expresses boredom and begins to misbehave? Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, "Play vs. learning for a young child: Ignore the opinionated relatives and trust your gut," 7 Aug. 2019 During most of the 20th century advanced economies outgrew poorer ones. The Economist, "Emerging-market dreams of rich-world incomes meet reality," 1 Aug. 2019 The no-time-limit ARF facility outgrew its current crowded location in Berea a long time ago. Beth Mlady, cleveland.com, "Berea Animal Rescue Friends breaks ground for new facility," 12 July 2019 Eventually, Ortega and Ahmed outgrew their tiny space in the mercado and, last year, opened their first full-scale tortilla production facility in Boyle Heights on Cesar Chavez Avenue. Sarah Portnoy, latimes.com, "A fast-growing East L.A. tortilla business started with two high school friends," 4 July 2019 The food bank has outgrown its current location on Covington's Columbia Street. Kim Chatelain, nola.com, "35 years in the making, new food bank taking shape in Covington," 19 June 2019 The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas has outgrown its space east of the Las Vegas Strip, according to museum officials, who are looking for a new location to expand the facility's nuclear testing exhibits. Fox News, "National Atomic Testing Museum in Vegas looking for new home," 16 June 2019 By 2008, the burger company had outgrown its Corpus Christi headquarters. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "Whataburger sells majority ownership stake to Chicago investment firm, the end of an era for the Texas staple," 14 June 2019 Soon enough, in 1957, the parish had outgrown that location. Michael Walsh, courant.com, "Church Of St. Ann Celebrates 100th Anniversary," 10 June 2019

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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 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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