over·​grown | \ ˌō-vər-ˈgrōn How to pronounce overgrown (audio) \

Definition of overgrown

: grown abnormally or excessively large dismissed him as an overgrown adolescent

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Examples of overgrown in a Sentence

The garden is overgrown with weeds. He acts like an overgrown child.
Recent Examples on the Web That overgrown patch of land on campus by last fall had been converted into practice fields for soccer and softball. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, "Through pandemic's challenges, Texas A&M-San Antonio begins first athletics season," 11 Feb. 2021 Duggan is also expected to announce cleaning up overgrown alleys and expand from 500 locations in 2020 to 2,000 locations in 2021. Amy Huschka, Detroit Free Press, "Replay: Mayor Duggan update on Detroit marijuana license process," 25 Jan. 2021 Some have become tourist attractions, while others go relatively undisturbed in the suburbs, sometimes discovered by accident beneath layers of overgrown foliage. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "196-Foot Section of the Berlin Wall Demolished to Make Way for Condos," 3 Apr. 2020 In the former, a skeleton of a house stands in an overgrown cotton field; in the latter, a single-story house appears to be almost floating in or on top of a river. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "Bringing Minnesota art to Chicago art lovers is this woman's mission," 8 Jan. 2021 Another opened up in an overgrown patch of grass just north of the border wall. Kevin Sieff, Anchorage Daily News, "Under the U.S.-Mexico border, miles of tunnels worth millions of dollars to traffickers," 13 Oct. 2020 Deep in the piney woods of East Texas, beneath a roughly 200-year-old overgrown cemetery, is Hawkins' family history and a part of America's buried past. CBS News, "Black family works to restore roughly 200-year-old cemetery in Texas to reclaim legacy, honor ancestors," 29 Dec. 2020 Goatscaping, as this trick is called, has grown in popularity in recent years as an environmentally friendly way to clear overgrown lots. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Well-Employed in Pandemic Times: Landscaping Goats," 15 Dec. 2020 In particular, the downhill section at the end of Akron-Peninsula road is overgrown and your view of oncoming bikes is obstructed. John Pana, cleveland, "The best bike & hike trails in Northeast Ohio," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of overgrown

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Overgrown.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overgrown. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of overgrown

: covered with plants that have grown in an uncontrolled way
: grown to a size that is unusually or too large


over·​grown | \ ˌō-vər-ˈgrōn \

Kids Definition of overgrown

1 : grown too big overgrown boys
2 : covered with plants that have grown in an uncontrolled way an overgrown path

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