Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb become overgrown
  • verb grow beyond or across
  • verb grow too large

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

over- +‎ grow

Examples

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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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  • 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.

    E. coli and the Fear Factor

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

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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.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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