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English definition of “outgrow”


verb [T]
/ˌaʊtˈɡrəʊ/ (past tense outgrew, past participle outgrown)
TOO BIG to grow too big for something: He's already outgrown these shoes. The company has outgrown this building.Becoming biggerEnlarging and inflating
NOT SUITABLE to develop so that something is not now suitable: She's outgrown her current job and needs a new challenge.Making progress and advancingBecoming better
(Definition of outgrow from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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