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

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Inexperienced climbers and overcrowding on the world's highest mountain are being blamed for the deaths, with the toll reaching at least 11 last month. NBC News, "Survival chances fade for missing mountaineering group in Himalayas," 4 June 2019 Yosemite, like several other national parks, has been suffering from overcrowding for years. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Despite Increased Safety, People Keep Getting Hurt at Yosemite's Half Dome," 3 May 2019 Democrats and other critics challenge the notion that the Trump administration’s emphasis on enforcement is the right approach to crime-fighting in the 21st century and risks overcrowding prisons. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "Rod Rosenstein Sees Crime-Fighting as Justice’s Overlooked Strong Suit," 19 Oct. 2018 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

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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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