overcrowd

verb
over·​crowd | \ ˌō-vər-ˈkrau̇d How to pronounce overcrowd (audio) \
overcrowded; overcrowding; overcrowds

Definition of overcrowd

transitive verb

: to cause to be too crowded

intransitive verb

: to crowd together too much

Examples of overcrowd in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dip each potato ball into batter, coating fully, then carefully slide into hot oil, taking care not to overcrowd pot. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 Working in batches, if needed, so as to not overcrowd the pan, place the chicken in the skillet, skin side down, and sear until nicely browned, 5 to 8 minutes. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 Old attire with the intention of being worn again and clothes that no longer fit or never get worn can easily overcrowd this small space. Kaylei Fear, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Dec. 2021 When the oil is hot, use a ladle to drop in large scoops of potato mixture, making sure not to overcrowd the pan. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 4 Nov. 2021 Be sure not to add too many statement pieces as this can overcrowd your furniture. Storystudio, Chron, 14 May 2021 The measure carries the potential to significantly overcrowd election officials. New York Times, 1 May 2021 The measure carries the potential to significantly overcrowd election officials. BostonGlobe.com, 1 May 2021 Once hot, sear the short ribs in batches so as not to overcrowd the pan, until browned on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of overcrowd

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Overcrowd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcrowd. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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overcrowd

verb
over·​crowd | \ ˌō-vər-ˈkrau̇d How to pronounce overcrowd (audio) \
overcrowded; overcrowding

Kids Definition of overcrowd

: to cause to be too crowded Passengers overcrowded the train.

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