verb (used with object), out·grew, out·grown, out·grow·ing.
- to grow too large for: to outgrow one’s clothes.
- to leave behind or lose in the changes incident to development or the passage of time: She outgrew her fear of the dark.
- to surpass in growing: watching one child outgrow another.
verb (used without object), out·grew, out·grown, out·grow·ing.
- Archaic. to grow out; burst forth; protrude.
verb -grows, -growing, -grew or -grown (tr)
- to grow too large for (clothes, shoes, etc)
- to lose (a habit, idea, reputation, etc) in the course of development or time
- to grow larger or faster than
v.1590s, “to surpass in growth,” from out + grow (v.). Meaning “to become too large or too mature for” is attested from 1660s. Related: Outgrowing; outgrown.