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sprout

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verb \ˈsprau̇t\

Simple Definition of sprout

  • : to produce new leaves, buds, etc.

  • : to grow or develop (something)

  • : to appear suddenly and in large numbers

Full Definition of sprout

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to grow, spring up, or come forth as or as if a sprout

  3. 2 :  to send out new growth

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to send forth or up :  cause to develop :  grow

Examples of sprout

  1. seeds sprouting in the spring

  2. Potatoes will sprout in the bag if kept in a warm place.

  3. The garden is sprouting weeds.

  4. The tree is already sprouting leaves.

  5. He sprouted a beard since the last time I saw him.

  6. She dreamed that her boss had sprouted horns.

  7. Hair sprouted on his face.



Origin of sprout

Middle English spruten, from Old English -sprūtan; akin to Old High German spriozan to sprout, Lithuanian sprausti to squeeze, thrust


First Known Use: 13th century


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sprout

noun

Definition of sprout

  1. 1a :  shoot 1a; especially :  a young shoot (as from a seed or root)b plural (1) chiefly British :  brussels sprout 2 (2) :  edible sprouts especially from recently germinated seeds (as of alfalfa or mung beans)

  2. 2 :  something resembling a sprout: asa :  a young personb :  scion 2



Examples of sprout

  1. <he earned the admiration of the neighborhood sprouts when he showed them how to make a slingshot>

  2. <the raspberry bushes began sending out sprouts in early spring>



13th Century

First Known Use of sprout

13th century



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