Verb outgrow Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


outgrow (third-person singular simple present outgrows, present participle outgrowing, simple past outgrew, past participle outgrown)

  1. (transitive) To become too big in size or too mature in age or outlook to continue to want, need, use, experience, or accept some object, practice, condition, belief, etc.
  2. (transitive) To grow faster or larger than something or someone else.

More definition: grow too large for, to outgrow one's clothes. leave behind or lose in the changes incident to development or the passage of time, She outgrew her fear of the dark. surpass in growing, watching one child outgrow another.

4.Archaic. to grow out; burst forth; protrude.

1. to grow too large for (clothes, shoes, etc)

2. to lose (a habit, idea, reputation, etc) in the course of development or time

3. to grow larger or faster than Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1590s, "to surpass in growth," from out + grow (v.). Meaning "to become too large or too mature for" is attested from 1660s. Related, Outgrowing; outgrown.


Would she ever outgrow the things mama had taught her?

The sarcomatous development may even completely outgrow the epithelial elements and so form and continue to grow as a pure sarcoma.

"There is no way to become original, except to be born so," says Stevenson, and although I may not be original, I hope sometime to outgrow my artificial, periwigged compositions.

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