American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To grow over with herbage or foliage.
- v. To grow beyond or too large for.
- v. To grow beyond normal or usual size.
- v. To become grown over, as with unwanted vegetation or weeds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cover with growth or herbage.
- To grow beyond; rise above; grow too big for; outgrow.
- To overcome; weigh down; oppress.
- To grow beyond the fit or natural size.
- v. intransitive To grow beyond one's boundaries or containments.
- v. transitive To grow over; (of one thing) to cause (a second thing) to become overgrown (with or by the first thing).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To grow over; to cover with growth or herbage, esp. that which is rank.
- v. obsolete To grow beyond; to rise above; hence, to overcome; to oppress.
- v. To grow beyond the fit or natural size; to grow too large.
- v. become overgrown
- v. grow beyond or across
- v. grow too large
- over- + grow (Wiktionary)
“After a century that produced Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama as examples for how to "overgrow" oppression, the best these people can do is blow themselves and innocent civilians up?”
“Nervous attempts to treat it with antibiotics are problematic for two reasons: first, because they often suppress benign bacteria in the gut, thus allowing this E. coli to overgrow and flourish; second because if the E. coli is actually killed by the antibiotic, it releases the toxin and leads to the very complications that doctors are trying to avoid.”
“Following, is compiled some tell tale signs that your flash fiction or short story is attempting to flex its literary muscles and overgrow your files and time and demand to become a novel.”
“For, like a garden, the body is naturally wild, prone to disorder, and the less hedged about it is, the more it symbolizes the power of the people to overgrow their institutional fences.”
“The bacterial flora stimulated by any probiotic can overgrow and cause bloating and vaginal irritation.”
“They set fire to bramble, seedlings, and fallen twigs, lest this underbrush “overgrow the Country, making it unpassable,” in the words of a contemporary traveler, William Wood.”
“The nettles that methodically overgrow the abandoned homesteads of exiles.”
“Rarely, one of the greater air-trees would overreach its rootings, or overgrow its perch, and fall, bringing down creepers and lesser growths with it.”
“It was a vote for a new precedent – to overgrow the "lowest common dominator" paradigm and take a step towards government of the people, by the people, for the people, where the government does our bidding, not the bidding of the highest bidder and where the Golden Rule can finally overrule the rule of gold.”
“Mostly, it's wonderful to be given permission to overgrow pavement.”
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