American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To grow too large for: The child outgrew all his clothes.
- v. To lose or discard in the course of maturation: She outgrew her youthful idealism.
- v. To surpass in growth: Spring lambs were outgrowing the piglets.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To surpass in growth; grow beyond; grow taller than.
- To grow beyond the limits of; become too large for: said of what covers or incloses: as, children outgrow their clothes.
- To exhaust by too rapid growth.
- To pass beyond the limits of; leave behind or lose in the process of growth or development: as, to outgrow one's usefulness.
- v. transitive To become too big or mature for some purpose.
- v. transitive To leave some object, habit, belief ... behind, no longer need or use it, as one grows.
- v. transitive To grow faster or taller than something or someone else.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To surpass in growing; to grow more than.
- v. To grow out of or away from; to grow too large, or too aged, for
- v. grow too large or too mature for
- v. grow faster than
- out- + grow (Wiktionary)
“Some children can "outgrow" wheezing and coughing; they may not have asthma to begin with.”
“He suggests only that in time, we will become so weary of our punitive politics that the system will, out of necessity, "outgrow" or "outlive" its current fractiousness.”
“But most importantly, don't dismiss your symptoms or wait to "outgrow" whatever is bothering you.”
“They're not disease resistant, but they tend to "outgrow" a lot of disease.”
“Another challenge: children can "outgrow" a drug's benefits.”
“If one can be said to "outgrow" indie, as well as rock in general, it's less because of the musicians 'youthful lyrical concerns (at least in my case) than their failure to keep pace with the listener's expanding rhythm tastes.”
“Each generation has been confident that within another few decades, or possibly a bit longer, humans will 'outgrow' belief in the supernatural.”
“My real feeling is that the Center is going to develop people of these skills and qualifications and attributes and after awhile, they are going to, in a way, they're going to kind of outgrow the Center.”
“Allowing the child to "outgrow" adenoids may mean not only that he is being subjected to infection chronically but that his body is allowed to be permanently deformed and his health endangered.”
“Diffidence, in this matter is, fortunately, a disease which time will alleviate -- a youthful weakness, which communities "outgrow," as children do physical defects; and, I believe, of late years, few offices have "gone begging," either east or west of the great barrier of the Allegheny.”
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