Definition of outgrow in English:


verboutgrew, outgrown

[with object]
  • 1Grow too big for.

    ‘the cradle which Patrick had outgrown’
    • ‘We had totally outgrown the old premises that were located in two converted cottages.’
    • ‘We soon outgrew this and moved into a larger and better building.’
    • ‘They'd long since outgrown his father's minuscule house where they looked after his sick mother.’
    • ‘The first time, his company's site had simply outgrown the provider.’
    • ‘She has outgrown the buggy she uses to get around and her mother was told social services could only provide her with a basic model as a replacement.’
    • ‘The 200-member club had outgrown its previous timber-frame building, constructed in the 1960s, which had a small social area and only one changing room.’
    • ‘The meeting welcomed a library but felt that the community would quickly outgrow the floor space allocated.’
    • ‘Sadly, the library is fast outgrowing itself and plans are afoot for a new building.’
    • ‘The productive forces of capitalist society have long ago outgrown the national boundaries.’
    • ‘Somewhere along the way, the book outgrew its nimble original plan and then went on growing until prefaces as such became a distinctly secondary consideration.’
    • ‘After 33 years, the photographic gallery has not only outgrown its premises, tucked away frustratingly out of view in Castlegate but, more contentiously, it has outgrown York too.’
    • ‘The speed at which kids outgrow ski boots, skates and, yes, bikes is alarming.’
    • ‘As the railroads expanded, they quickly outgrew the states that had created them.’
    • ‘The garden bakery opened in 2000 but only a few years later it had already outgrown itself.’
    • ‘You will find that the baby will quickly outgrow even these.’
    • ‘But again the charity was to rapidly outgrow its surroundings.’
    • ‘If the vine has outgrown its space, prune it back immediately alter flowering.’
    • ‘And we have to raise more funds as we have recently moved to our current premises, having outgrown our two rooms in Vestry Hall.’
    • ‘Even with these additions the collection had still outgrown the spaces available.’
    • ‘To set the scene, the company had been growing quite quickly over the preceding few years, and had already outgrown the 2-year-old purpose-built headquarters.’
    1. 1.1 Stop doing or having an interest in (something) as one matures.
      ‘by this time, I had outgrown my adolescent appetite for being shocked’
      • ‘Many children outgrow the milk allergy by 3 years.’
      • ‘Unlike his younger siblings who eventually outgrew such games, George never forsook them.’
      • ‘And they're better than real children, who soon outgrow their adorable helplessness.’
      • ‘Unlike allergies to other foods like milk and eggs, children generally don't outgrow allergies to peanuts or nuts.’
      • ‘Use makeup and clothes to create an image that you want to portray but remember as time goes on you may be outgrowing your old look.’
      • ‘He profits little by them and does not really aim to; he stumbles into things out of a failure to appreciate consequences which a man should really have outgrown by his fifties.’
      • ‘Children often eventually outgrow milk and egg allergies, although peanut allergies tend to be lifelong.’
      • ‘It is also the story of a young society discovering a new confidence in itself, outgrowing old boundaries and prejudices, becoming more aware of its strengths and weaknesses.’
      • ‘He had outgrown it in his adolescent years, but hadn't been able to give it up, the way a toddler must touch base with a blanket that links him to the certainty of his mother.’
      • ‘Smith's prose has lost none of its panache, though it has outgrown its swagger.’
      • ‘But their coach was terminally clueless and they had far outgrown anything he could teach them, so they often traveled with my team and we all kind of worked together and became friends.’
      • ‘You never outgrow your need for storage.’
      • ‘So in a way they will always be figures of intrigue and of heroism and that's as it should be: childhood heroes should not be outgrown just because childhood has ended.’
      • ‘But once the technological novelty was outgrown, something aesthetically interesting happened.’
      • ‘He's outgrown many of the books and materials we have at home.’
      • ‘You may also be outgrowing your old look and evolving into a more sophisticated style of dress.’
      • ‘Ask yourself the hard questions: Have you simply outgrown the need for concentrating on one particular form of expression?’
      • ‘His knee may jerk more than is normal or he may not lose reflexes that babies have but normally outgrow.’
      • ‘It seems no artist ever outgrows his/her childhood and that the profounder they get, the closer to it they move.’
      • ‘But Coleman recognized that the theory left nowhere to go for talented musicians who, like many of their fans, outgrow their adolescent rage.’
    2. 1.2 Grow faster or taller than.
      ‘the more vigorous plants outgrow their weaker neighbours’
      • ‘One of my first boyfriends was the same height as me and by the end of the relationship, I had outgrown him, which I thought was very funny.’
      • ‘The company hopes that its international business will eventually outgrow its domestic operation.’


  • outgrow one's strength

    • Become lanky and weak through excessively rapid growth.