[ UK /ˌə‍ʊvəɡɹˈə‍ʊ/ ]
  1. grow beyond or across
    The ivy overgrew the patio
  2. grow too large
  3. become overgrown
    The patio overgrew with ivy
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How To Use overgrow In A Sentence

  • Before this ugly edifice, and between it and the wheel-track of the street, was a grass-plot, much overgrown with burdock, pig-weed, apple-pern, and such unsightly vegetation, which evidently found something congenial in the soil that had so early borne the black flower of civilised society, a prison. The Scarlet Letter
  • It is the other side of a public bridle path and almost overgrown with vicious brambles. Times, Sunday Times
  • This can lead to reduced coral growth, inability to recover from hazards like cyclones, smothering of coral by sediment, fish poisoning and unusually high growth rates for organisms that overgrow coral or support its rivals.
  • In addition, kudzu ranked second-highest in terms of its potential impact on natural systems, because it is capable of overgrowing and decimating mature stands of trees.
  • The tumbledown exterior walls were smothered with moss and ivy, and many of the original features, including fragments from the first-floor medieval loo - known as the garderobe - were strewn around the overgrown garden.
  • Wherever apples grow in this country you can find a home in your town or suburb with a huge overgrown apple tree in the backyard that has not been cared for in many years.
  • Once flowering is over, lift and divide overgrown clumps of bearded irises. Times, Sunday Times
  • But while the Georgian house has been kept in peak condition, the 260 acres of landscaped grounds have become overgrown and wild.
  • People who live in areas of the southeastern United States where kudzu has overgrown everything have little good to say about this Japanese import.
  • They offer an up-close view of a life-size, red-blue-and-white clad young woman in an overgrown ravine before a chain-link fence.
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