Definition of overcrowd in US English:

overcrowd

verb

[with object]
  • 1Fill (accommodations or a space) beyond what is comfortable, safe, or permissible.

    ‘overcrowded dormitories’
    • ‘They are quite often living in squalid and overcrowded accommodation.’
    • ‘One in eight workers noted that overcrowded working conditions contribute to their stress.’
    • ‘Our cities will become like any other overcrowded city in the world and our Australian way of life will be a distant memory.’
    • ‘And the immigration we receive isn't evenly distributed - it goes to our most overcrowded areas.’
    • ‘The city was overcrowded with tall skyscrapers and noisy vehicles of all sorts.’
    • ‘Some urban areas are overcrowded, while other regions are almost uninhabited.’
    • ‘This created a sudden exodus and massively increased the number of people in the already overcrowded camps.’
    • ‘Shelters are overcrowded while dozens of buildings sit empty throughout the city.’
    • ‘Next, it was back on the tube - which was just about working, but in even more overcrowded conditions than normal.’
    • ‘Our already overcrowded court rooms could be swamped with such otherwise upright and law abiding citizens.’
    • ‘This concession led to the area being overcrowded by people who found it relatively easy to settle there.’
    • ‘There are now so many visitors to the area that the pavements are overcrowded.’
    • ‘They reported that the area is overcrowded with vendors, and is untidy and chaotic.’
    • ‘In many areas they are running at capacity and beyond, with hugely overcrowded trains.’
    • ‘A virtual space cannot get overcrowded, but it certainly can get messy and loud.’
    • ‘London is a big, overcrowded city and has been for a long time.’
    • ‘The demonstrators pointed out that homeless shelters are very overcrowded and resources need to be increased.’
    • ‘During this time, I have noticed that the shelter has become increasingly overcrowded.’
    • ‘Students got less personal attention, lecture rooms were overcrowded, and so on.’
    • ‘Families campaigning to clean up one of the most overcrowded areas in Britain today vowed to reclaim their streets from flytippers.’
    overfull, overflowing, full to bursting, full to overflowing, crammed full, cram-full, jammed, packed like sardines, congested, choked, overloaded, overpopulated, overpeopled, overrun, crowded, thronged, swarming, teeming
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    1. 1.1 House (people or animals) in accommodations that are too confined.
      • ‘The prison system has completely been abandoned by the government; they are overcrowded and the inmates are not given the necessary attention.’
      • ‘The police stations lack communication equipment and accused persons are overcrowded in the prison even though every accused person has a right to fair trial.’
      • ‘It can occur when the animals are overcrowded and when the water is not clean enough.’
      • ‘Animals are overcrowded because of loss of habitat.’
      • ‘Grasshoppers require humane treatment when they are farmed, because if they are overcrowded or stressed, they cannibalise each other.’
      • ‘The occupants say they are overcrowded and the conditions are inhumane.’
      • ‘While a few tanks lie empty, the tanks with fresh water shark, silver shark and gold fish are overcrowded.’
      • ‘It is intended to prevent overcrowded birds from pecking at each other.’
      • ‘There is no reaction from the authorities when buses with people are overcrowded.’

Pronunciation

overcrowd

/ˌoʊvərˈkraʊd//ˌōvərˈkroud/