over·​crowd | \ˌō-vər-ˈkrau̇d \
overcrowded; overcrowding; overcrowds

Definition of overcrowd 

transitive verb

: to cause to be too crowded

intransitive verb

: to crowd together too much

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That said, the addition of Ariza now overcrowds what already was a crowded position. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "How Trevor Ariza fits Phoenix Suns' roster, affects cap space," 1 July 2018 Drop pieces randomly over the prosciutto and other ingredients, but don't overcrowd the pizza. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "You just might fall in love with creamy burrata cheese this summer," 17 June 2018 Place 1-2 chicken thighs in oil, taking care not to overcrowd pan. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich With Comeback Sauce," 22 Mar. 2018 Data from those focus groups was used to further develop overcrowding strategies, which will be presented at the summer input meetings. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "BCPS continues public input sessions to address high school overcrowding," 3 July 2018 Last fall, residents filled the cafeterias at Hinsdale Central and South when the board held meetings to discuss ways to relieve overcrowding at Central and increase enrollment at South. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Boundary changes in Hinsdale District 86 back on the table; board plans vote on buffer zone," 5 June 2018 While overcrowding plagues America's most popular trails, there are still places to find solitude The Appalachian and Pacific Crest trails get all the attention—and the foot traffic—but there are plenty of long walks that aren’t crowded. Jonathan Olivier, Outside Online, "The Best Thru-Hikes You've Never Heard Of," 14 May 2018 Last year many, including me, took issue with the way the festival allowed people to put chairs and blankets up right in front of the main stage, which led to overcrowding further back. Mikael Wood, latimes.com, "Was Arroyo Seco Weekend too much of a good thing? Lack of tension softened the performances," 25 June 2018 Some railed against Chinese workers in Mongolia, others about overcrowding in schools. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s president, a former martial-arts champion, wrestles with some major problems," 17 June 2018

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1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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over·​crowd | \ˌō-vər-ˈkrau̇d \
overcrowded; overcrowding

Kids Definition of overcrowd

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

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