overcrowd

verb

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

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 Such problems, especially overcrowding, prompted organizers to temporarily deny entry to the tournament. Sam Kmack, The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2024 Related Articles As for the other candidate, California has been reducing the number of inmates in its prisons for the past decade, responding both to federal court decrees about overcrowding and changing political attitudes. Dan Walters, Orange County Register, 30 Jan. 2024 As the population falls, some problems like the high cost of living, or overcrowding in Toyko could begin to ease. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 29 Feb. 2024 Topline Charlie Woods, the 15-year-old son of golf great Tiger Woods, fell short in a PGA Tour pre-qualifier Thursday after a 12-stroke performance on a par-4 hole, several double bogeys and bizarre behavior by fans who’ve been criticized for overcrowding the teenager during his round. Mary Whitfill Roeloffs, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 As for the other candidate, California has been reducing the number of inmates in its prisons for the past decade, responding both to federal court decrees about overcrowding and changing political attitudes. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 31 Jan. 2024 Her efforts have drawn detractors, including neighbors who feared her new Wyeth Reading Room would overcrowd rural roads. Ralph Blumenthal, New York Times, 31 Dec. 2023 Arrange thighs, skin side up, and spread all the ingredients out on the pan so as not to overcrowd. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2023 Avery said the shelter has begun pulling animals from other Pennsylvania shelters to help relieve some of the stress of overcrowding in those facilities. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of overcrowd was in 1602

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“Overcrowd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcrowd. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

overcrowd

verb
over·​crowd -ˈkrau̇d How to pronounce overcrowd (audio)
1
: to cause to be too crowded
2
: to crowd together too much
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