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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Parisian department store Galeries Lafayette set up a separate shop to cater specifically to busloads of Chinese tour groups after overcrowding caused domestic shoppers to stay away. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Luxury-Goods Industry Has a China Problem," 1 Jan. 2019 The facility was opened in 1992 to help relieve overcrowding in New York City’s correctional institutions at the time. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Beethoven Behind Bars Hits Right Note With Inmates," 13 Nov. 2018 In batches, fry potatoes in heated oil, 1 to 2 minutes, making sure not to overcrowd pan. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Crispy Rosemary Potato Chips," 27 Jan. 2011 Its latest deal just might make overcrowding your phone worth it. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "How to Get Free Fries at McDonald's Every Friday," 21 July 2018 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

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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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