over·​grow | \ ˌō-vər-ˈgrō How to pronounce overgrow (audio) \
overgrew\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈgrü How to pronounce overgrew (audio) \; overgrown\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈgrōn How to pronounce overgrown (audio) \; overgrowing

Definition of overgrow

transitive verb

1 : to grow over so as to cover with herbage
2 : to grow beyond or rise above : outgrow

intransitive verb

1 : to grow excessively
2 : to become grown over

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overgrowth \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌgrōth How to pronounce overgrowth (audio) \ noun

Examples of overgrow in a Sentence

The weeds have overgrown the garden.
Recent Examples on the Web The team will have to flush the seawater regularly and keep it at the right temperature, or bacteria and algae will start to overgrow the Trichoplax and kill them, Prakash says. Emily Underwood, The Atlantic, "The Search for the World’s Simplest Animal," 8 June 2020 At George Wright, terrible irrigation ruined several holes, and trees overgrew much of the property. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, "Restoration has made George Wright and Franklin Park golfing jewels," 3 July 2018 Barnacles and other sea life has overgrown the metal. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Famous WWII Shipwreck Found After 75 Years," 20 Mar. 2018 This corner was previously overgrown and generally uninviting. OregonLive.com, "Legacy Good Samaritan Park and John Callahan Garden (photos)," 19 July 2017 First, to be clear: Candida can overgrow in the body and cause problems. Melinda Wenner Moyer, SELF, "The Candida Overgrowth Problem: Too Much Yeast? No, Too Little Science," 10 July 2017 Industry needed photographs for promotion, but post-Civil War industrialization so clearly made America an important power that people treasured stereographs of fields overgrown by technical apparatus. Vicki Goldberg, New York Times, "How the East Was Won: A Photographic Portrait," 6 July 2017 Many of the temples were later overgrown by jungle, while others remained important religious sites for the Khmer. National Geographic, "Angkor Wat’s Collapse From Climate Change Has Lessons for Today," 5 Apr. 2017 In this bleached and vulnerable state, they can be rapidly overgrown by another kind of algae called turf algae. Andrew Mullen, National Geographic, "'Kissing' Corals Filmed in the Wild for the First Time," 12 July 2016

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First Known Use of overgrow

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Overgrow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overgrow. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of overgrow

: to grow in an uncontrolled way and completely cover or fill (something)
over·​grow | \ ˌō-vər-ˈgrō How to pronounce overgrow (audio) \
overgrew\ -​ˈgrü How to pronounce overgrew (audio) \; overgrown\ -​ˈgrōn How to pronounce overgrown (audio) \; overgrowing

Medical Definition of overgrow

: to grow or increase beyond the normal or natural size or numbers when a scar overgrows into a keloid— Morris Fishbein

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