outgrow


outgrow

verb (used with object), out·grew, out·grown, out·grow·ing.

  1. to grow too large for: to outgrow one’s clothes.
  2. to leave behind or lose in the changes incident to development or the passage of time: She outgrew her fear of the dark.
  3. to surpass in growing: watching one child outgrow another.

verb (used without object), out·grew, out·grown, out·grow·ing.

  1. Archaic. to grow out; burst forth; protrude.

verb -grows, -growing, -grew or -grown (tr)

  1. to grow too large for (clothes, shoes, etc)
  2. to lose (a habit, idea, reputation, etc) in the course of development or time
  3. 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.

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