over·​grown | \ ˌō-vər-ˈgrōn \

Definition of overgrown 

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for overgrown


green, grown, leafy, lush, luxuriant, verdant


barren, leafless

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Examples of overgrown in a Sentence

The garden is overgrown with weeds. He acts like an overgrown child.

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Letting private companies make money off of timber harvests that also serve to thin out overgrown forests, restoring them to a healthier state, would help accomplish this goal. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Ryan Zinke blamed environmentalists for California’s massive wildfires. Again.," 21 Nov. 2018 Allied forces, at long last, managed to contain German troops in their push toward Paris, but not before weeks of fearsome combat, sometimes hand-to-hand with bayonets amid clouds of mustard gas and shells exploding in the dark, overgrown woods. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "How old is former NFL coach Marv Levy? His dad was wounded in World War I," 27 June 2018 Something about the chaos of an overgrown friendzone seems kinder and more civil than the alternative, even though the daily experience proves, again and again, quite the opposite. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The death of the acquaintance in the Facebook era," 25 May 2018 For very overgrown deciduous shrubs, winter pruning is probably best. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Stop Pruning Your Garden in the Fall," 8 Aug. 2018 Trim overgrown shrubs and turf grass hiding sprinklers to ensure proper watering. 19. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 Make plans over the summer to remove the overgrown shrubs and replace them with new shrubs in a new garden design. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Overgrown shrubs? Thinning turfgrass? Here are solutions to common gardening struggles," 13 June 2018 This is the old part of town that’s a little decrepit and overgrown but retains the charm of a scene out of a John le Carré or James Bond novel. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Gigi Burris Finds Muses, Monkeys, and Major Inspiration in Panama," 19 July 2018 Trim overgrown house plants; use trimmings for cuttings. 80. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of overgrown

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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