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

  • transitive v. To grow too large for: The child outgrew all his clothes.
  • transitive v. To lose or discard in the course of maturation: She outgrew her youthful idealism.
  • transitive v. To surpass in growth: Spring lambs were outgrowing the piglets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To become too big or mature for some purpose.
  • v. To leave some object, habit, belief ... behind, no longer need or use it, as one grows.
  • v. To grow faster or taller than something or someone else.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To surpass in growing; to grow more than.
  • transitive v. To grow out of or away from; to grow too large, or too aged, for

from The 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.

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

  • v. grow too large or too mature for
  • v. grow faster than


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

out- +‎ grow


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  • 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.

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  • But most importantly, don't dismiss your symptoms or wait to "outgrow" whatever is bothering you.

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  • They're not disease resistant, but they tend to "outgrow" a lot of disease.

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  • Another challenge: children can "outgrow" a drug's benefits.


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  • Each generation has been confident that within another few decades, or possibly a bit longer, humans will 'outgrow' belief in the supernatural.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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