Definition of outgrow in English:



[with object]
  • 1Grow too big for.

    ‘the cradle which Patrick had outgrown’
    • ‘They'd long since outgrown his father's minuscule house where they looked after his sick mother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even with these additions the collection had still outgrown the spaces available.’
    • ‘But again the charity was to rapidly outgrow its surroundings.’
    • ‘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 garden bakery opened in 2000 but only a few years later it had already outgrown itself.’
    • ‘And we have to raise more funds as we have recently moved to our current premises, having outgrown our two rooms in Vestry Hall.’
    • ‘We soon outgrew this and moved into a larger and better building.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the vine has outgrown its space, prune it back immediately alter flowering.’
    • ‘Sadly, the library is fast outgrowing itself and plans are afoot for a new building.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You will find that the baby will quickly outgrow even these.’
    • ‘The speed at which kids outgrow ski boots, skates and, yes, bikes is alarming.’
    • ‘We had totally outgrown the old premises that were located in two converted cottages.’
    • ‘The meeting welcomed a library but felt that the community would quickly outgrow the floor space allocated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As the railroads expanded, they quickly outgrew the states that had created them.’
    • ‘The productive forces of capitalist society have long ago outgrown the national boundaries.’
    • ‘The first time, his company's site had simply outgrown the provider.’
    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’
      • ‘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 Coleman recognized that the theory left nowhere to go for talented musicians who, like many of their fans, outgrow their adolescent rage.’
      • ‘You may also be outgrowing your old look and evolving into a more sophisticated style of dress.’
      • ‘Smith's prose has lost none of its panache, though it has outgrown its swagger.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Children often eventually outgrow milk and egg allergies, although peanut allergies tend to be lifelong.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It seems no artist ever outgrows his/her childhood and that the profounder they get, the closer to it they move.’
      • ‘But once the technological novelty was outgrown, something aesthetically interesting happened.’
      • ‘His knee may jerk more than is normal or he may not lose reflexes that babies have but normally outgrow.’
      • ‘He's outgrown many of the books and materials we have at home.’
      • ‘Unlike allergies to other foods like milk and eggs, children generally don't outgrow allergies to peanuts or nuts.’
      • ‘Many children outgrow the milk allergy by 3 years.’
      • ‘And they're better than real children, who soon outgrow their adorable helplessness.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unlike his younger siblings who eventually outgrew such games, George never forsook them.’
      • ‘You never outgrow your need for storage.’
      • ‘Ask yourself the hard questions: Have you simply outgrown the need for concentrating on one particular form of expression?’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Grow faster or taller than.
      ‘the more vigorous plants outgrow their weaker neighbours’
      • ‘The company hopes that its international business will eventually outgrow its domestic operation.’
      • ‘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.’


  • outgrow one's strength

    • Become lanky and weak through excessively rapid growth.