• WordNet 3.6
    • v overgrow grow beyond or across "The ivy overgrew the patio"
    • v overgrow become overgrown "The patio overgrew with ivy"
    • v overgrow grow too large
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Overgrow To grow beyond the fit or natural size; to grow too large; as, a huge, overgrown ox.
    • Overgrow To grow beyond; to rise above; hence, to overcome; to oppress. "O'ergrown with labor."
    • Overgrow To grow over; to cover with growth or herbage, esp. that which is rank; as, dandelions have overgrown the lawn. "The green . . . is rough and overgrown ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • overgrow To cover with growth or herbage.
    • overgrow To grow beyond; rise above; grow too big for; outgrow.
    • overgrow To overcome; weigh down; oppress.
    • overgrow To grow beyond the fit or natural size.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Overgrow ō-vėr-grō′ to grow beyond: to rise above: to cover with growth
    • v.i Overgrow to grow beyond the proper size
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In literature:

I reckon as how you be overgrowed, young man.
"Humphrey Bold" by Herbert Strang
But war all this doth overgrow: We ordnance plant, and powder sow.
"Andrew Marvell" by Augustine Birrell
He thinks that if the land is made rich, the superior grasses overgrow the bad grasses and weeds.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
Angry, I pray that rotten age you racks, And sluttish white-mould overgrow the wax.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
Dress overgrows and smothers every other feeling in a woman's heart.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
We could not help growing; perhaps we wished to overgrow; but is there no such thing as ungrowing?
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
Directly in front of them was a path leading to the wilderness of trees and overgrowing trailing plants.
"Tahara" by Harold M. Sherman
A vine that threatens to overgrow and smother clear conviction.
"The Progressionists, and Angela." by Conrad von Bolanden
All kinds of shrubbery overgrow the graves.
"'O Thou, My Austria!'" by Ossip Schubin
How had this subterranean vegetation contrived to pierce and overgrow the summit of the country?
"History of the Commune of 1871" by P. Lissagary

In poetry:

Below were longsome tags of rhyme,
But what, you could not now surmise.
Alas! alas! that death and time
Should overgrow love's eulogies.
"Outside The Village Church" by Alfred Austin
Alone this cottage shelters me and you:
The wood is an unpeopled wilderness
And ways and footpaths wear, as in the song.
Weeds almost overgrowing each recess;
"Autumn" by Boris Pasternak
As once in time on overgrowing banks
The moisten creature holed in despair
Of self impotence, feeling on its back
Wings - still unformed and very feeble pair, -
"The Sixth Sense" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev

In news:

Herbicide-resistant marestail can overgrow a field without rotation of herbicide modes of action.
Lake Austin is lowered to allow the city and lake residents to clean out the lake shore, overgrowing plants, and trash.