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

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Add grapeseed oil to skillet and place each filet of fish skin side down in the pan being careful not to overcrowd them. National Geographic, "Grilled King Salmon," 2 July 2019 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, "Bodies of seven climbers missing in Himalayas recovered by Indian authorities," 24 June 2019 For years, overcrowding on Everest has been well documented. Adam Minter, Twin Cities, "Adam Minter: Everest needs to go more commercial," 10 June 2019 The study found that Salvadoran prisons were overcrowded by 300 percent. Daniel Castro, Harper's magazine, "The Truce," 10 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of overcrowd

1602, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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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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