Simple Definition of grow
: to become larger : to increase in size, amount, etc.
: to become better or improved in some way : to become more developed, mature, etc.
: to become larger and change from being a child to being an adult as time passes : to pass from childhood to adulthood
Full Definition of grow
1 a : to spring up and develop to maturity b : to be able to grow in some place or situation <trees that grow in the tropics> c : to assume some relation through or as if through a process of natural growth <ferns growing from the rocks>
3 : to develop from a parent source <the book grew out of a series of lectures>
4 a : to pass into a condition : become <grew pale> b : to have an increasing influence <habit grows on a person> c : to become increasingly acceptable or attractive <didn't like it at first, but it grew on him>
1 a : to cause to grow <grow wheat> b : to let grow on the body <grew a beard>
2 : to promote the development of <start a business and grow it successfully — J. L. Deckter>
Examples of grow
The city is growing rapidly.
The list of chores to do this weekend keeps growing.
She grew intellectually and emotionally in her first year at college.
It's wonderful to see how she has grown as a person since going to college.
It can be hard to watch our children change as they grow.
He's still just a growing boy.
Origin of grow
Middle English, from Old English grōwan; akin to Old High German gruowan to grow
First Known Use: before 12th century
Rhymes with grow
beau, blow, bow, bro, Chou, crow, do, doe, dough, floe, flow, foe, fro, froe, glow, go, ho, hoe, jo, Jo, joe, know, lo, low, mho, mot, mow, no, No, O, oh, owe, Poe, pow, pro, rho, roe, row, Rowe, schmo, sew, show, sloe, slow, snow, so, sow, stow, Stowe, strow, though, throe, throw, toe, tow, trow, whoa, woe, yo
Medical Definition of grow
1a: to spring up and develop to maturityb: to be able to grow in some place or situationc: to assume some relation through or as if through a process of natural growth <the cut edges of the wound grew together>
2: to increase in size by addition of material by assimilation into the living organism or by accretion in a nonbiological process (as crystallization)
: to cause to grow <grew bacteria in culture>
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