Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To grow over with herbage or foliage.
  • transitive v. To grow beyond or too large for.
  • intransitive v. To grow beyond normal or usual size.
  • intransitive v. To become grown over, as with unwanted vegetation or weeds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To grow beyond one's boundaries or containments.
  • v. To grow over; (of one thing) to cause (a second thing) to become overgrown (with or by the first thing).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To grow beyond the fit or natural size; to grow too large.
  • transitive v. To grow over; to cover with growth or herbage, esp. that which is rank.
  • transitive v. To grow beyond; to rise above; hence, to overcome; to oppress.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. become overgrown
  • v. grow beyond or across
  • v. grow too large

Etymologies

over- +‎ grow (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    BREAKFAST WITH SOCRATES

  • The bacterial flora stimulated by any probiotic can overgrow and cause bloating and vaginal irritation.

    SO STRESSED

  • 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 King's Best Highway

  • The nettles that methodically overgrow the abandoned homesteads of exiles.

    "Try To Praise The Mutilated World" | Bindu Wiles

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Mostly, it's wonderful to be given permission to overgrow pavement.

    Babylon: Pavement Paradises

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