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 Negative fan sentiment—mostly about the movie being overcrowded with characters, forced (sorry) full of Easter eggs, and emotionally unsatisfying—was at a steady digital murmur until an incendiary Reddit post went viral on January 2, 2020. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "#ReleaseTheJJCut Brings Conspiracy Theories to Star Wars," 8 Jan. 2020 Bypass first began in the 1980s, as a way to temporarily relieve overcrowding in ERs. Lisa Schencker, chicagotribune.com, "At least three Chicago-area hospitals have told ambulances to go elsewhere so often the state launched an investigation, Tribune reporting reveals," 27 Sep. 2019 Researchers have found ambulance diversion doesn't solve overcrowding longterm, and the practice puts patients at risk. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Illinois congressman Bobby Rush considering federal legislation to address ambulance diversion by hospitals," 4 Nov. 2019 The move aimed to reduce overcrowding while helping low-level offenders become self-sufficient rather than restart a cycle that could land them back behind bars. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "5 things to know for November 5: Climate crisis, Oklahoma, Impeachment, Greece, New Delhi," 5 Nov. 2019 Fry in small batches (do not overcrowd the pan or the temperature will drop significantly), and drain on paper towels. ExpressNews.com, "Recipe: Olive all’Ascolana (Deep-Fried Stuffed Olives)," 30 Oct. 2019 Some 746,000 homes were overcrowded last year, meaning that there were not enough bedrooms for each single adult, couple or pair of children to have one to themselves. The Economist, "Britain’s housing paradox: overcrowding and underoccupancy are both rising," 19 Oct. 2019 This scenic style emerged in the early 19th century, when overcrowding in small urban burial grounds was linked to outbreaks of diseases including typhoid fever and cholera. National Geographic, "Garden cemeteries were among America’s first urban parks," 15 Oct. 2019 Some parents had concerns about their child’s school being overcrowded. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Klein ISD presents more options for elementary school rezoning," 6 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'overcrowd.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of overcrowd

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about overcrowd

Time Traveler for overcrowd

Time Traveler

The first known use of overcrowd was in 1602

See more words from the same year

Statistics for overcrowd

Last Updated

11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Overcrowd.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcrowd. Accessed 18 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for overcrowd


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.

More from Merriam-Webster on overcrowd

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with overcrowd

Comments on overcrowd

What made you want to look up overcrowd? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


experienced by way of someone else

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!