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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v outgrow grow too large or too mature for "I have outgrown these clothes","She outgrew her childish habits"
    • v outgrow grow faster than
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Crocodiles never outgrow the pool in which they live
    • Outgrow To grow out of or away from; to grow too large, or too aged, for; as, to outgrow clothing; to outgrow usefulness; to outgrow an infirmity.
    • Outgrow To surpass in growing; to grow more than.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • outgrow To surpass in growth; grow beyond; grow taller than.
    • outgrow To grow beyond the limits of; become too large for: said of what covers or incloses: as, children outgrow their clothes.
    • outgrow To exhaust by too rapid growth.
    • outgrow To pass beyond the limits of; leave behind or lose in the process of growth or development: as, to outgrow one's usefulness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Outgrow owt-grō′ to surpass in growth: to grow out of
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.”
  • Frank A. Clark
    “A baby is born with a need to be loved and never outgrows it.”
  • Doug Horton
    “Born to be wild -- live to outgrow it.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Grow we must, if we outgrow all that loves us.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    “The comic spirit is given to us in order that we may analyze, weigh, and clarify things in us which nettle us, or which we are outgrowing, or trying to reshape.”
  • Norman Cousins
    “The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.”


In literature:

Of course you are only a little boy as yet, and will outgrow these fears.
"The Arkansaw Bear" by Albert Bigelow Paine
Nevil says I'll outgrow it.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
But I fear that I shall never outgrow my imagination.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
It may have come from the shock and there is time enough for her to outgrow it, with care.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
However, after a few years he straightened up with youthful vitality and seemed to outgrow and forget the experience.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
She is fast outgrowing childhood.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
It seemed to be coming true what Raby had once prophesied, that I should outgrow them when I became a woman.
"Wee Wifie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
He outgrows them, and other boys grow into them, and then outgrow them as he did.
"A Boy's Town" by W. D. Howells
Living with the Lorrigans, I'm hoping you'll outgrow it.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
But I have outgrown all that; we always outgrow those things, do we not?
"The Bondwoman" by Marah Ellis Ryan
With these selected Vulpinas, the graft does not outgrow the stock.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
The one most natural question to which, in every instance, the doctor has to reply is this: 'Will he or she outgrow it?
"The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases" by Charles West, M.D.
It suggested genius outgrowing its strength.
"Audrey Craven" by May Sinclair
Thus he outgrows himself.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
We can't outgrow every thing.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
I's kind of outgrowed them now.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Will he outgrow himself?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 90, April, 1865" by Various
By this time Louis Stevenson seemed to show signs of outgrowing his early infirmities of health.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Man does not outgrow instinct, any more than he outgrows emotion.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
Thank goodness, the civilized world is outgrowing the whole savage set of ideas.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars

In poetry:

O silent land, to which we move,
Enough if there alone be love,
And mortal need can ne'er outgrow
What it is waiting to bestow!
"The Singer" by John Greenleaf Whittier
How oft have you longed that your little ones would
Outgrow not the charm of babyhood,
Keep the soft round arms and the warm moist kiss,
And the magic of April sinlessness!
"The Passing Of The Primroses" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Eclipse outgrowing its teething troubles.
Sears is promising that their kids clothes and shoes will last until the kids outgrows them, or Sears will replace the item for free.
CPAC whiz kid Jonathan Krohn outgrows conservatism. is an online catalog of successfully crowdfunded products.
'Up All Night,' other series outgrow their titles.
Southern Nevada outgrows 702 — new area code approved.
When you have kids you realize how quickly they outgrow their clothes and their toys can be the same way too.
As elementary school children graduate and outgrow the Downtown Day Camp, the 19-year-old Tribeca summer camp is opening its doors exclusively to 5th grade and junior high school students.
Autism definition could change following 'outgrowing' study.
Haggard's new church outgrows barn.
You never outgrow some childhood favorites.
What are some strategies for eating at potluck meals without outgrowing all my Shabbat clothes.
Hence, the hot secondhand market—when breweries outgrow their tanks, bottling lines, and silos, they often sell off their gear to upstarts and smaller breweries.
Infants seem to outgrow clothes as fast as you can change them.
They certainly outgrow them before they wear them out.

In science:

Small scale perturbations (η > 1) have larger growth rates than largerscale ones (η < 1) and thus will quickly outgrow them.
The nonlinear development of the thermal instability in the atomic ISM and its interaction with random fluctuations
The terms suppress the branched polymer outgrows and their presence could result in a phase transition where the new phase is characterized by smoother surfaces.
Quantization of Geometry
The idea is that the benefit gained from selecting l should outgrow the penalty for removing clauses containing ¯l.
Islands for SAT