Definition of overcrowd in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈkroud/


[with object]
1Fill (accommodations or a space) beyond what is usual or comfortable: (as adjective overcrowded) overcrowded dormitories (as noun overcrowding) trying to eliminate overcrowding in the downtown area
More example sentences
  • Our cities will become like any other overcrowded city in the world and our Australian way of life will be a distant memory.
  • Some urban areas are overcrowded, while other regions are almost uninhabited.
  • And the immigration we receive isn't evenly distributed - it goes to our most overcrowded areas.
overfull, overflowing, full to overflowing/bursting, crammed full, congested, overpopulated, overpeopled, crowded, swarming, teeming
informal bursting/bulging at the seams, full to the gunwales, jam-packed
1.1House (people or animals) in accommodations that are too confined.
Example sentences
  • While a few tanks lie empty, the tanks with fresh water shark, silver shark and gold fish are overcrowded.
  • It can occur when the animals are overcrowded and when the water is not clean enough.
  • Salmon and trout are kept in sea cages which are so overcrowded that many fish become injured as they collide when trying to get exercise.

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Syllabification: o·ver·crowd

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