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growth

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noun \ˈgrōth\

Definition of growth

  1. 1 a (1) :  a stage in the process of growing :  size (2) :  full growth b :  the process of growing c :  progressive development :  evolution d :  increase, expansion <the growth of the oil industry>

  2. 2 a :  something that grows or has grown b :  an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as a tumor) c :  outgrowth d :  the result of growth :  product

  3. 3 :  a producing especially by growing <fruits of his own growth>

  4. 4 :  anticipated progressive growth especially in capital value and income <some investors prefer growth to immediate income>



Examples of growth in a sentence

  1. He had a growth spurt when he was 16 years old.

  2. She's concerned that the medication might slow her child's growth.

  3. He discovered a substance that promotes the growth of new blood vessels.

  4. The city has undergone explosive growth in recent years.

  5. He sees his college years as an opportunity for personal growth.

  6. It's important to prune the bush every year to encourage new growth.

  7. Their profits have averaged five percent growth in the last four years.

  8. The tree has an average annual growth of almost a foot.

  9. a thick growth of underbrush



1557

First Known Use of growth

1557

Rhymes with growth



GROWTH Defined for Kids

growth

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noun \ˈgrōth\

Definition of growth for Students

  1. 1 :  a stage or condition in increasing, developing, or maturing <The tree reached its full growth.>

  2. 2 :  a natural process of increasing in size or developing <growth of a crystal>

  3. 3 :  a gradual increase <the growth of wealth>

  4. 4 :  something (as a covering of plants) produced by growing




Medical Dictionary

growth

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noun \ˈgrōth\

Medical Definition of growth

  1. 1a (1):  a stage in the process of growing (2):  full growthb:  the process of growing

  2. 2a:  something that grows or has grownb:  an abnormal proliferation of tissue (as a tumor)





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