-·grew′, -·grown′, -·grow′ing
- to grow faster or larger than
- to lose, get rid of, or dispense with in the process of growing or maturing: to outgrow one's credulity
- to grow too large for: to outgrow a suit
transitive verbout·grew , out·grown , out·grow·ing, out·grows
- To grow too large for: The child outgrew all his clothes.
- To lose or discard in the course of maturation: She outgrew her youthful idealism.
- To surpass in growth: Spring lambs were outgrowing the piglets.
(third-person singular simple present outgrows, present participle outgrowing, simple past outgrew, past participle outgrown)
- To become too big or mature for some purpose.
- Poor boys often have to wear whatever a big brother has outgrown.
- To leave some object, habit, belief ... behind, no longer need or use it, as one grows.
- To grow faster or taller than something or someone else.
- The best adapted plant varieties tend to outgrow the other.
out- +"Ž grow