Definition of outgrow in English:


Syllabification: out·grow
Pronunciation: /ˌoutˈgrō

verb (past outgrew; past participle outgrown)

[with object]
  • 1Grow too big for (something): babies outgrow their first car seat at six to nine months
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    • Somewhere along the way, the book outgrew its nimble original plan and then went on growing until prefaces as such became a distinctly secondary consideration.
    • You will find that the baby will quickly outgrow even these.
    • After 33 years, the photographic gallery has not only outgrown its premises, tucked away frustratingly out of view in Castlegate but, more contentiously, it has outgrown York too.
  • 1.1Leave behind as one matures: is it a permanent injury, or will the colt outgrow it?
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    • He had outgrown it in his adolescent years, but hadn't been able to give it up, the way a toddler must touch base with a blanket that links him to the certainty of his mother.
    • But once the technological novelty was outgrown, something aesthetically interesting happened.
    • But Coleman recognized that the theory left nowhere to go for talented musicians who, like many of their fans, outgrow their adolescent rage.
  • 1.2Grow faster or taller than: the more vigorous plants outgrow their weaker neighbors
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    • The company hopes that its international business will eventually outgrow its domestic operation.
    • One of my first boyfriends was the same height as me and by the end of the relationship, I had outgrown him, which I thought was very funny.

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