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 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, "Sweet, smoky Korean-style ribs bring heat to a winter salad," 19 Feb. 2021 The wings can touch each other, but do not overcrowd them. Washington Post, "Want to make crispy chicken wings minus the mess? Turn to the air fryer," 21 Dec. 2020 The Deportivo, as it is colloquially called, has also developed an app with which members can reserve a pool lane, or a machine in the gym, so as to not overcrowd the space. Alan Grabinsky, sun-sentinel.com, "Mexico City’s Deportivo center brought Jews together, pandemic has separated them," 13 Oct. 2020 To make crispy potatoes, coat them well with olive oil and be sure not to overcrowd the skillet. oregonlive, "10 things to know about cast iron skillets," 5 Aug. 2020 To make crispy potatoes, coat them well with olive oil and be sure not to overcrowd the skillet. oregonlive, "10 things to know about cast iron skillets," 5 Aug. 2020 To make crispy potatoes, coat them well with olive oil and be sure not to overcrowd the skillet. oregonlive, "10 things to know about cast iron skillets," 5 Aug. 2020 To make crispy potatoes, coat them well with olive oil and be sure not to overcrowd the skillet. oregonlive, "10 things to know about cast iron skillets," 5 Aug. 2020 Continue with a few more pieces of fish, taking care not to overcrowd the oil. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fish tacos: The lore of a ‘San Diego’ signature dish," 9 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of overcrowd

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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6 Mar 2021

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“Overcrowd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcrowd. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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