outgrow

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Etymology[edit]

out- +‎ grow

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outgrow ‎(third-person singular simple present outgrows, present participle outgrowing, simple past outgrew, past participle outgrown)

  1. (transitive) To become too big in size or too mature in age or outlook to continue to want, need, use, experience, or accept some object, practice, condition, belief, etc.
    Poor boys often have to wear whatever a big brother has outgrown.
    I used to have allergies but I outgrew all of them.
    Some people blame God for their troubles, but one must outgrow such notions.
  2. (transitive) To grow faster or larger than something or someone else.
    The best adapted plant varieties tend to outgrow those less adapted.

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